Kirby Chambliss

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Kirby Chambliss
Kirby Chambliss.jpg
Chambliss in 2010
Born (1959-10-18) October 18, 1959 (age 60)
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg United States
Spouse(s)Kellie Chambliss
Website teamchambliss.com

Kirby Chambliss (born October 18, 1959 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American world champion aerobatic and air race pilot who raced in the Red Bull Air Race World Series under the Red Bull brand.

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Biography

Chambliss racing in Perth, Western Australia in 2006 Kirby Chambliss racing in Perth.jpg
Chambliss racing in Perth, Western Australia in 2006
Chambliss competing at the 2017 Red Bull Air Race of Chiba 2017RedBullAirRaceChibaN14KN.jpg
Chambliss competing at the 2017 Red Bull Air Race of Chiba

Chambliss was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. As a boy, he wanted to be a pilot. Chambliss became inspired by watching his father professionally skydive growing up, and was fascinated with the aerial stunts the plane would undergo while chasing the divers as they fell. [1] During his high school years, he fueled aircraft to earn money. By December 1975, at the age of 16, Chambliss debuted in solo flying after formal flight training, [1] and earned his private license the following March. In the beginning, he earned his living as a certified flight instructor and then as a night freight pilot.

His later job as a business jet pilot enabled him in 1985 to take aerobatic flight training and to buy his own aerobatic plane. Winning top honors in his very first contest, Chambliss worked his way up to the elite "unlimited" level. [1] In 1997, he became member and then captain [2] of the US Aerobatic Team. He won five U.S. national championships and 13 medals at the world championships. He holds the title 2000 Men's Freestyle World Champion, [1] and has logged over 27,000 flying hours. In 2013, Chambliss lost power performing a high Alpha pass at the Illopango El Salvador Airshow. Chambliss exited his aircraft with minor injuries after a forced landing on a rocky embankment. [3]

Chambliss enjoys performing in traditional airshows throughout the year when he is not training or competing. Since 2003, he takes part at the international aerobatic competition Red Bull Air Race World Series as a member of the Red Bull team along with his teammate Hungarian Péter Besenyei. He was the champion of 2004, [2] and finished the 2006 Series as the champion again with four wins of eight rounds in his Zivko Edge 540 aircraft. [2] To stay in shape for enormous g-forces and exact timing, he runs four miles five days a week.

He lives with his wife and fellow pilot, Kellie, and their daughter, Karly Nicole, at the Flying Crown Ranch in Arizona, United States.

On January 24, 2020. One of Kirby’s planes was involved in a fatal aircraft crash at Iztapa Airport in Escuintla while under control of his friend Steve Andelin. Steve and two ground spectators were killed in the crash [4] .

Racing record

Complete Red Bull Air Race World Championship results

Flag of the United States.svg Kirby Chambliss
at the Red Bull Air Race World Series
Year123456789101112PointsWinsRank
2003 Flag of Austria.svg
DNP
Flag of Hungary.svg
3rd
403rd
2004 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
1st
Flag of Hungary.svg
1st
Flag of the United States.svg
2nd
1721st
2005 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
9th
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
4th
Flag of Austria.svg
4th
Flag of Ireland.svg
DNS
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
2nd
Flag of Hungary.svg
2nd
Flag of the United States.svg
2nd
2103rd
2006 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
1st
Flag of Spain.svg
3rd
Flag of Germany.svg
1st
Flag of Russia.svg
CAN
Flag of Turkey.svg
1st
Flag of Hungary.svg
5th
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
3rd
Flag of the United States.svg
1st
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
3rd
3841st
2007 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
4th
Flag of Brazil.svg
6th
Flag of the United States.svg
4th
Flag of Turkey.svg
3rd
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Switzerland.svg
5th
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
5th
Flag of Hungary.svg
2nd
Flag of Portugal.svg
5th
Flag of the United States.svg
2nd
Flag of Mexico.svg
CAN
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
6th
2804th
2008 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
5th
Flag of the United States.svg
3rd
Flag of the United States.svg
1st
Flag of Sweden.svg
CAN
Flag of the Netherlands.svg
4th
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
1st
Flag of Hungary.svg
12th
Flag of Portugal.svg
2nd
Flag of Spain.svg
CAN
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
8th
4624th
2009 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
9th
Flag of the United States.svg
12th
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
3rd
Flag of Hungary.svg
3rd
Flag of Portugal.svg
8th
Flag of Spain.svg
5th
3404th
2010 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
6th
Flag of Australia (converted).svg
8th
Flag of Brazil.svg
5th
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
3rd
Flag of the United States.svg
3rd
Flag of Germany.svg
6th
Flag of Hungary.svg
CAN
Flag of Portugal.svg
CAN
4104th
Series not held between 2011 and 2013
2014 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
11th
Flag of Croatia.svg
10th
Flag of Malaysia.svg
9th
Flag of Poland.svg
4th
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
10th
Flag of the United States.svg
10th
Flag of the United States.svg
11th
Flag of Austria.svg
7th
7010th
2015 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
DNS
Flag of Japan.svg
7th
Flag of Croatia.svg
11th
Flag of Hungary.svg
10th
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
12th
Flag of Austria.svg
3rd
Flag of the United States.svg
11th
Flag of the United States.svg
12th
9011th
2016 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
4th
Flag of Austria.svg
6th
Flag of Japan.svg
3rd
Flag of Hungary.svg
4th
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
9th
Flag of Germany.svg
8th
Flag of the United States.svg
14th
Flag of the United States.svg
CAN
30.2508th
2017 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
11th
Flag of the United States.svg
4th
Flag of Japan.svg
8th
Flag of Hungary.svg
1st
Flag of Russia.svg
1st
Flag of Portugal.svg
4th
Flag of Germany.svg
6th
Flag of the United States.svg
10th
5324th
2018 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
3rd
Flag of France.svg
12th
Flag of Japan.svg
13th
Flag of Hungary.svg
10th
Flag of Russia.svg
3rd
Flag of Austria.svg
7th
Flag of the United States.svg
8th
Flag of the United States.svg
3rd
3406th
2019 Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg
8th
1108th
Total2298

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 Main, Tyler L. "Born with wings - Red Bull flyer Kirby Chambliss shares experience, life, career before base air show" Archived February 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine . Marine Corps Base Hawaii, August 6, 2010. Retrieved on May 25, 2013.
  3. "Chambliss Reportedly OK After Crash in El Salvador". Archived from the original on December 30, 2013. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  4. https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/232428. Aviation Safety Database. Last updated 25 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Péter Besenyei
Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2004
Succeeded by
Mike Mangold
Preceded by
Mike Mangold
Red Bull Air Race World Series Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Mike Mangold