Matt Hall

Matt Hall has been one of the most consistent and innovative pilots in the Red Bull Air Race, pushing himself and his team forward with a tireless drive to succeed. In 2015 he excelled all expectations by winning two races and being on the podium in all but one race. He lost out on the World Championship by just five points.The Australian, a former top gun pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), is constantly challenging himself and his team. Hall is always developing new strategies and techniques to get the most out of his MXS-R raceplane and applying the same military precision he used to become a decorated RAAF Wing Commander. Hall finished a record-breaking third place in his rookie season in 2009. In the process he also became the first pilot to gain a podium finish in their debut season. Admired for his ability to focus under pressure, and his leadership skills, Hall is popular among pilots for his open and friendly style.

Hall won Australia’s prestigious Fighter Pilot of the Year award in 1997 and is a third generation aviator whose grandfather flew during World War II. Hall’s first solo flight was at age 15 in a glider and he got his pilot’s licence at 18. He logged more than 1500 hours flying the F/A–18 Hornet in the RAAF and later became a Fighter Combat Instructor. He spent three years in America on a United States Air Force (USAF) exchange program, flying more than 500 hours in the F-15E Strike Eagle, including combat missions during the Gulf War, for which he won decorations from both the United States and Australia. He won the 2006 Australia Aerobatic Championship at Advanced level. In 2007 he moved to the Unlimited category and took second place overall but first in Freestyle. He left the RAAF in 2009 to join the Red Bull Air Race. Hall lives in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia with his wife Pedita and their son, Mitchell. Hall also has a stepson, Cameron and stepdaughter, Amelia.

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