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Red Bull Air Race Flies Into Rio

By Martin Kocandrle, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO – Last week the beaches of Flamengo and Botafogo received a dramatic makeover in preparation for the Red Bull Air Race. Rio played host for only the third time, and the race formed part of an eight-stop world tour which pits the world’s top pilots against each other.

Fourteen planes and pilots raced through inflatable pylons known as “air gates” placed strategically along the water. The pilots must navigate them in a predetermined order at a defined altitude either flying level or . . .

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