There is no point in watching any other YouTube video today. Every day we are bombarded by links to videos, now even more so with the drivel coming out of Socialcam. I know how tiring it can become, but please, take a minute, blow this up, turn up the volume and sit back in awe as you watch GoPro's latest offering with Kirby Chambliss in his Red Bull stunt plane.
Kirby has just made his way onto the top of my list of "random people I want to interview on this blog". I'm going to do my damnedest to make it happen. Watching the video over and over, I'm most fascinated by his facial expressions. I guess I would assume that a pilot maneuvering this way should be grim faced, gritting his teeth and sweating. Kirby? Not so, Kirby looks like he's at a spa getting a massage - a man totally at peace. I wanted to cheer when he relaxed into a smile, flying upside down, over the rock formations at sunset. I felt like he was having a little laugh at the fact none of us understand the beauty of the world from his perspective.
"Gonna pop up into that torque roll, with the nose straight up. Then I'll fly backwards."
"Coming right at you......I promise I won't hit you"
I'm not naive enough to compare this to the flying my grandfather did, but I think it makes me understand it a little more. I grew up fascinated by the stories he's tell me of his bombing runs in Burma during WWII. Sitting on his knee, he'd tell me about nose dives that far exceeded the speed rating of the plane, with everything shaking loose, only to drop a bomb and switch direction before he either hit the ground or got shot out of the sky. I remember him saying he was in his element during those runs. Watching this video made me feel like I might understand a little better what his "element" was. Enjoy.
Gizmodo posted the video this morning - hat tip. Love it.
Photo Credit: Balazs Gardi - incredible photography.