Round 5 of Red Bull Air Race was historic for many reasons as the sport made its debut in Tatarstan, Russia. Beautiful city of Kazan and mystic clouds were the perfect background for this photoshooting. The weather conditions were poor and you can only imagine what it’s like to be out there flying in bad weather. The pilots went above all the limits.
Two firsts happened in Kazan at the end of this stop. The Red Bull Air Race had its first race in Russia and pilots from North America took a clean sweep of the podium. Kirby Chambliss, Pete McLeod and Michael Goulian were one, two and three at the World Championship’s Russian debut.
Kazan is the sixth-most-populous city in southwest Russia, on the banks of the Volga and Kazanka rivers. The capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, a semi-autonomous region, it’s known for the centuries-old Kazan Kremlin, a fortified citadel containing museums and sacred sites. Kremlin landmarks include the tiered Tower of Soyembika, the blue-and-gold domed Annunciation Cathedral and the vast, colorful Kul Sharif Mosque.
The opening of the biggest mosque in Europe, the Qolşärif Mosque, was held in Kazan on June 24, 2005. Roughly 17,000 people gathered for the celebration. Delegations from forty countries attended the event. The facility was reconstructed on the site where presumably Kazan Khanate’s principal mosque had been standing before 1552