Yoshihide Muroya

Yoshihide Muroya is one of the most focused and hardest working pilots in the Red Bull Air Race. The Japan native better known as „Yoshi“, is the first Asian pilot in the World Championship and has helped raise the popularity of the sport in East Asia, especially in his home country of Japan where he is the nation’s top aerobatics pilot.

Muroya has brought numerous innovations to the sport, in particular introducing pre-race meditation Zazen to the sport. He has remained one of the most stoically optimistic pilots in the field despite enduring several untimely mechanical problems that sidelined him for part of the 2010 season. But, during the three years between the 2014 return of the Red Bull Air Race, he continued to train hard so he would comeback ready and in good shape. That paid off in Croatia in 2014 where he finished on the podium. In 2015 collected a new, highly modified Edge 540 V3, he then claimed podium finishes in Ascot and Fort Worth.

At 18 Muroya started glider flight training in 1991 at his university glider club. Four years later he took third in the Japan Glider Championship. He went to the United States to earn his pilot’s licence in Los Angeles at the age of 20. He started aerobatic flying in 1996 under the tutelage of instructor Randy Gagne and took part in the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships a year later in 1997. He began flying air shows in Japan in 1998 with an Extra 300L and North American T6 Texan. In 2002 he began flying a Sukhoi Su-26 in Unlimited Aerobatics and in 2003 took part in the Unlimited World Aerobatic Championship. He has flown in more than 220 air shows.

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