Two cousins in California will try one of the most dangerous stunts this Sunday (April 24) – swapping planes in mid-air. Luke Aikens and Andy Farrington, who are both pilots and paratroopers, will attempt the world’s first “airplane swap” where they will fly their planes close together, put them on a nosedive, then jump out of their respective planes and attempt to swap and take control of the others, and fly on. Both cousins are part of the Red Bull Air Force aviation crew and took a test dive during training on March 6 in California.
The stunt, streamed live on Sunday, involves the pair taking off in two Cessna 182 single-seat jets and flying to an altitude of 14,000 feet. The whole process of them taking over each other’s planes after jumping in is quite complex as it involves overtaking the planes, entering the cockpits, disabling the air braking systems, restarting the engines and finally taking control of the planes.
While both cousins are no stranger to daring acts, Luke Aikens currently holds the world record of 25,000 feet of free fall without a parachute and survival. Andy Farrington, meanwhile, has completed more than 27,000 jumps, 1,000 BASE jumps and has logged more than 6,000 hours as a pilot, according to Red Bull.
The Red Bull Air Force is a team composed of the most experienced and experienced aviation experts in the world, according to its website. They specialize in highly coordinated air jump demonstrations and are constantly pushing the boundaries of human flight.
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