In an incredible feat, a Red Bull single-engine aircraft has landed on the helipad -the world’s shortest runway – at the iconic Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Red Bull pilot Luke Czepiela landed the Piper Cub on top of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, the iconic seven-star hotel in Dubai.
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To land on the helipad, 27m in diameter, he completed over 650 practice landings before the attempt on top of the 56-story hotel. He needed just 20.76 meters to stop.
To make the feat possible he and a team of CubCrafters engineers along with renowned American aviation engineer and aircraft builder Mike Patey made a number of modifications to the aircraft, reducing the total weight to only 425 kilograms, moving the main fuel tank to the rear of the plane to allow for more aggressive braking and adding nitrous to enhance power for Czepiela’s secondary challenge – taking off from the helipad.
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