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Red Bull International Air Race - 2009 Race 1 OF 6 - Abu Dhabi - finals, April 2009

The 2009 Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the seventh official Red Bull Air Race World Championship series. An international race competition of aerobatic flying.

The Aircraft:
The Zivko Edge 540 manufactured by Zivko Aeronautics is a highly aerobatic aircraft. Capable of a 420 degree per second roll rate and a 3,700 foot per minute climb rate, it has been flown to victory on the international Unlimited aerobatics circuit several times since the mid-1990s.

The Zivko Edge 540X is the most common aircraft used in the Red Bull Air Race World Series, in fact all champions of the World Series have flown this aircraft.
General characteristics
Length: 6.27 m (20 ft 7 in)
Wingspan: 7.42 m (24 ft 4 in)
Powerplant: 1× Modified Lycoming AEIO-540 Hartzell composite, 3 blade, 254 kW (340 hp)
Maximum speed: 426 km/h (265 mph)
Rate of climb: 1,128 m/min at 425 m (3,700 ft/min)
Power/mass: 0.472 hp/kg (0.214 hp/lb)
Roll rate: 420°/sec

Developing nation: United States of America.
Manufacturer/designer: MXR Technologies, Inc.
Production line: North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Type aircraft: Aerobatic sports plane.
First flight: 2003.
Wing span 7,32 m.
Fuselage length: 6,55 m.
Engines: one Lycoming AEIO-540 SER rated 254 kW.
Propeller: MT-propeller three blades MTv 203/20-d.
Weight: 551 Kg.
Fuel: fuselage tank capacity 68,1 liters.
wing tank capacity 227 liters.
Max. speed: 426 km/h.
Max rate of roll: 400 °/sec +.
G-limits: -/+14Gs.

Race calendar:
Abu Dhabi - 17 and 18 April.
San Diego - 9 and 10 May.
Windsor, Ontario - 13 and 14 June.
Budapest - 19 and 20 August.
Porto - 12 and 13 September.
Barcelona - 3 and 4 October.

Note: the 2009 Final - 4 championship race can be seen here, highly recommended viewing:

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Added: Nov-13-2009 
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