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Kirby Chambliss

Kirby Chambliss (born October 18, 1959 in Corpus Christi, Texas) is an American commercial pilot and a renowned world champion in aerobatics.

Chambliss was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States. As a youngster, he wanted to be a pilot. His father was a skydiver, and he loved the steep spiral in the sky the pilot put the plane into when racing the skydivers back to the ground.[1] During his high school years, he fueled aircraft to earn money. By December 1979 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 the 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 27000 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 racing in Perth, Western Australia

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 team mate Hungarian Péter Besenyei. The champion of 2004,[2] Chambliss finished the 2006 Series as the champion[2] again with four wins of eight rounds on his Zivko Edge 540 aircraft. 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, Arizona, USA.

Kirby Chambliss
at the Red Bull Air Race World Series
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Wins Rank
2003
DNP

3rd
4 0 3rd
2004
1st

1st

2nd
17 2 1st
2005
9th

4th

4th

DNS

2nd

2nd

2nd
21 0 3rd
2006
1st

3rd

1st

CAN

1st

5th

3rd

1st

3rd
38 4 1st
2007
4th

6th

4th

3rd

CAN

5th

5th

2nd

5th

2nd

CAN

6th
28 0 4th
2008
5th

3rd

1st

CAN

4th

1st

12th

2nd

CAN

8th
46 2 4th
2009
9th

12th

3rd

3rd

8th

5th
34 0 4th
2010
6th

8th

5th

3rd

3rd

6th

CAN

CAN
41 0 4th
2014
11th

10th

9th

4th

10th

10th


5 0 10th
Total 229 8

Legend:

  • CAN: Cancelled
  • DNP: Did not participate
  • DNS: Did not show
  • DQ: Disqualified
  • NC: Not classified

See also

References

  • Red Bull Air Race World Series official website
  • Team Chambliss official website
  1. ^ a b c d Cunningham, Ross. "Flight Fest to feature national aerobatic champion". Matagorda County Advocate, June 30, 2005, p. 3E. Retrieved on May 25, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Main, Tyler L. "Born with wings - Red Bull flyer Kirby Chambliss shares experience, life, career before base air show". Marine Corps Base Hawaii, August 6, 2010. Retrieved on May 25, 2013.
  3. ^
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


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