Fast cars will always be limited by their surroundings and physical capabilities. Fast planes are free.

That’s why when you want to do 1,000 mph on solid ground, first, you go above the clouds and hit your body with as many Gs as the wings can take.

Hannes Arch, the 2008 Red Bull Air Race World Series champion doesn’t want to set a new land speed record. Instead, he just enjoys the benefits of living in Austria and having an American-made Zivko Edge 540, an aircraft capable of a 420 degree per second roll rate and a 3,700 foot per minute climb rate.

Anybody living close the the Alps is a lucky human being.


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