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Big plane, little planes

Atlas Boeing 747-400 020Atlas Boeing 747-400 001The Red Bull Air Race comes to San Diego this weekend for some high-speed fun on the second — and only U.S. — stop on its worldwide tour! Check out these awesome photos (from Mario in Airside Operations) of the arrival of the special race planes at San Diego International Airport. The planes came in the belly of a Boeing 747 — the original “jumbo jet” — owned by Atlas Air. It made for quite a contrastAtlas Boeing 747-400 012 in aircraft size! The race planes are fast, light and agile, allowing their pilots to hit speeds of up to 250 mph.mary

Enjoy the race May 9 & 10 over San Diego Bay. Or, if you happen to be in any of the other cities on the tour …

red bull


4 Responses

  1. Hi Mary-

    What a cool post! Do you happen to know where the 747 departed from? It would be cool to see if we could use Flight Aware to find the route.

    (Also, great photos Mario!!)


  2. Hey Mary! This blog is so cool! Thanks for thinking of me and making me read it! You are famous!

  3. I saw that 747 parked over there but never made the connection to the air races! Great post and pics! There were a lot of nice private jets over there, too – I wonder which racers owned them? Can’t wait for next year’s race!

  4. Thanks for the comments/compliments, you guys! Ryan, I’m sorry, but I wasn’t able to find the flight number. And because the flight originated in a different country, part of the flight path was outside of FlightAware’s service area.

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