Red Bull Air
Race Pilots Attend LA Awards Ceremony
February 2, 2010 - All four Red Bull Air Race pilots in attendance at the 7th annual awards ceremony, joined by race director Jim DiMatteo, said they were honored to be invited to the star-studded evening at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills that paid tribute to 70 people of remarkable accomplishment in aviation.
Cruise, an accomplished aerobatics pilot, owns his own P-51 Mustang.
Buzz Aldrin, 80, is one of only 12 astronauts to walk on the moon and a
former fighter pilot. He was also honored with the “First Out of This
world Landing and Take-Off Award”.
“It was a great evening,” said British ace Bonhomme, the 2009 Red Bull
Air Race World Champion and most successful pilot in the race’s history
with 11 career victories and 29 podiums in the last five years. “It was
a true Beverly Hills/Hollywood style red carpet evening. As well as
Cruise and Aldrin there was also John Travolta and Kurt Russell with his
wife Goldie Hawn, just a great evening,” added Bonhomme, who was there
with technician Wade Hammond.
American Chambliss, the 2006 Red Bull Air Race World Champion, relished
the chance to hear the speeches from some of the aviation legends like
Aldrin and Bob Hoover, a former air show pilot and U.S. Air Force test
pilot often called the “pilot’s pilot” who was also celebrating his 88th
“It was a great event and I’m honored to have spent an evening with
other people who share such a passion for aviation,” said Chambliss, who
was at the gala with his technician Jason Resop and his new team
coordinator Jocelyn Buras. “Listening to the legends like Bob Hoover and
Buzz Aldrin speak reminds us all why we do what we do – for the love of
flying. The industry has come a long way. But it’s going to go a lot
After walking down the red carpet, the four impeccably dressed Red Bull
Air Race pilots could not resist the chance to try to find out what
their rivals have been doing during the off-season to prepare for the
2010 championship. But despite the ebullient atmosphere in
"I was honored to be a guest at the Living Legends of Aviation awards," said American Goulian, who won his first race in Budapest last year and is "pumped" about the 2010 calendar that will have a first-ever race in New York on June 19-20.
Legends of Aviation" are 70 remarkable people including entrepreneurs,
innovators, industry leaders, record breakers, astronauts, pilots who
have become celebrities and celebrities who have become pilots. The
Legends meet yearly to recognize and honor individuals that have made
significant contributions in aviation.
The event is
produced by and benefits the
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