All-Star Third Baseman Evan Longoria Earns Wings In Aerobatic Flight Over Tampa

All-Star Third Baseman Evan Longoria Earns Wings In Aerobatic Flight Over Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – “This plane doesn’t get thrown around as much as I thought it would,” said Evan Longoria.  ”Oh, we’ll rock your world here in a minute,” replied Kirby Chambliss, a five-time US National Aerobatic Champion and two-time Red Bull Air Race World Champ.

During Spring Training, three-time All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria officially earned his wings by joining Chambliss for an aerobatic ride over Tampa, Florida in a custom two-seater Edge 540 plane.  Longoria saw local landmarks, including his home field from high above the skyline. A video and photo compilation of his flight is available at

Longoria experienced snap rolls, upright blind spins, felt the airplane go nose over tail several times and went straight up at nearly 100 miles per hour backwards.  After cartwheeling end-over-end and living through it, Evan said, “I thought we were going down.  It went black there for a second.  I’m a bit light headed, but I didn’t throw up.”

One of baseball’s superstars, the 26-year old Longoria has energized the city of Tampa starting with a Rookie of the Year campaign in 2008 through last season’s fireworks when he hit a walk-off homerun in extra innings of the final game of the season to propel his team into the playoffs.
This marks Longoria’s first endeavor as a Red Bull athlete. He joins a roster of high performers including Tim Lincecum, Blake Griffin, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, Lindsey Vonn, Reggie Bush, DeMarcus Ware, and over 500 others worldwide.

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