Flying High at 62: woman pilot`s team enthrall many

Age is no bar for this 62-year-old woman pilot who is still flying high leading the Flying Bulls, the Czech Republic-based aerobatic team that is performing at the ongoing Aero India 2011 show here.

Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 00:55 AM IST

Bangalore: Age is no bar for this
62-year-old woman pilot who is still flying high leading the
Flying Bulls, the Czech Republic-based aerobatic team that is
performing at the ongoing Aero India 2011 show here.

Radka Machova`s role in the aerobatic team includes
leading the formation into various complex manoeuvres, a
vertical loop, a dive or roll on, the manager, Martin said.

A mother of two and an avid photographer, Radka loves her
current profile, Martin said.

"It is the adventure, the thrill of the sport and
positive mindset that keeps her going," he said.

Surprisingly, the gravitational forces, which could take
a toll on the body when flying at those altitudes also do not
appear to have impacted Radka.

Radka along with her other team mates, Jiri Saller, Giri
Vebrel and Miro Slav Krejci left many speechless as they
performed mid-air manoeuvres, displaying amazing precision,
agility and alertness of mind.

The Flying Bulls, a part of the Red Bull family, comprise
of four pilots (three men and a woman) are known for their
acrobatics in the air and they have together logged in around
35,000 flying hours.

The team, comprising lovers of vintage aircraft, have
performed in 600 shows in 30 countries and participate in
around 50 displays a year. All the group members are above 50
and are veterans in their field.

It`s highlights are its 19 manoeuvres, including its
signature manoeuvre of the mirror flight where the two planes
mirror each other`s image in opposite directions while the
third loops around them.

Their daredevilry acts in mid-air also include the `dog
fight`, a barrel loop, a hammer head, and an inverted G
Perfect coordination, timing and precision are the key to all
the manoeuvres, said the team.

The Flying Bulls are performing with their fleet of four
Zlin 50 LXes.

PTI