The planes emerge from out of the hangar, to the relief of the crew. “Watching the planes enter the hangar was a terrifying moment,” says Morton-Haworth. “Months of planning and they just disappeared. The sound of the engines went quiet too because they were muffled by the building. That moment lasted an age. And finally they roared out the other end, all parts intact!”
An operator flies the drone, one of the most crucial bits of kit on the whole shoot. Because of the high frame rates and the amount of cameras used to film Red Bull Barnstorming, the project amounted to a full 12 terabytes of data! So stop moaning about how full your inbox is.
Flight leader Paul Bonhomme inspects one of the GoPros that would be used to shoot the action. The crew also made good use of a Phantom Cam, which shoots video at 1000 frames per second.
Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones have one last talk before they head to their planes. “Paul and Steve were putting their lives on the line,” director James Morton-Haworth tells RedBull.com. “As much as we wanted to capture the entire story, it was vital to let them have the last few minutes before the flight alone – a moment to get into the right headspace.”
The man responsible for making everything look good, Director of Photography Tiago Kingwell, rigs a GoPro up to the wing of Paul Bonhomme’s plane. The planes had GoPros and sound recording equipment both inside and outside the cockpits.
The camera crew sets up a post-flight interview with Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones as the pilots soak up what they’ve just done. “I can’t think of anything I’ve done in the past that was quite as risky as this,” Jones told the camera. “But great fun!”
Can two planes fly through one barn, side-by-side?
Scroll down for more exclusive videos:
Red Bull Barnstorming: Extended Cut – go deeper into how Bonhomme and Jones pulled the whole thing off.
Engineering A Barnstorm – the painstaking aviation science behind the feat.
What goes through your mind as you speed towards an aircraft hangar at nearly 200mph? Neuroscientist Professor Ian Robertson assesses the pilots.