Red Bull Flying Bulls: The Most Badass Toy Collection In The World

February 22nd, 2011 by

Did you know that Red Bull boasts a massive private collection of historic aircraft? Are you also aware that these planes and helicopters are on display in Red Bull's state-of-the-art Hangar-7, and Hangar-8 in Salzburg Austria?

A major player in the freeskiing community, Red Bull is partnered with some of the biggest names and events in our sport. Their presence is everywhere – be it a competition, a photo shoot, a film sponsorship, or a logo on a helmet, they're going to great lengths to help grow the sport we all know and love. What we don't always get to see, is what Red Bull is up to behind the scenes, in realms not directly related to skiing.

This particular venture is one we felt must be shared. Granted, you may have seen a few of these aircraft in popular videos online, but there's a whole lot more to this story that should pique your curiosity. Stationed at Hangar-7 and Hangar-8 in Salzburg Austria, the fleet of planes belongs to Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz. Better known as the Flying Bulls, the squadron is truly remarkable, and utterly badass.

We got in touch with the friendly folks at Red Bull to get the inside scoop. They also sent over nearly forty images for us to share with you, so be sure to check out the impressive gallery posted below.

Check out the full photo gallery.

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The Flying Bulls Aerobatics Team
© Cornelius Braun/Red Bull Content Pool

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North American B-25J MITCHELL
© Cornelius Braun/Red Bull Content Pool

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From Red Bull:

The simple answer to the question "who are the Flying Bulls?" would be "a group of enthusiasts who are passionate about historic aircraft and helicopters." There is, however, much more to the Flying Bulls. They have a fleet of the greatest aircraft in aviation history, and a unique knowledge of how to maintain and repair them.

By the late 1990's there was no longer enough space for the rapidly expanding Flying Bulls fleet, originally based at Innsbruck Airport. This sowed the seed of a plan to erect a hangar at Salzburg Airport. The time had also arrived when the heretofore loose association of pilots and mechanics needed to be brought under a common roof, which led to the Flying Bulls being founded in 1999. Since then the Flying Bulls' technically and visually perfect aircraft have become popular participants at air shows and an attraction at any type of aviation event.

The globally admired and unique collection includes rarities such as the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a North American B-25J Mitchell, a Chance Vought F4U-4 "Corsair" and a DC-6. The helicopter fleet is no less impressive: the Flying Bulls' ranks include two BO 105s, the world's only civil helicopter licensed for aerobatics, plus helicopters such as the Bell Cobra, which can claim a glamorous past.

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PT-17 Stearman  |  Alpha Jet
© Cornelius Braun/Red Bull Content Pool

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Bell Cobra TAH 1F
© J√∂rg Adam/Red Bull Content Pool

Historic aircraft need a lot of love, and even more maintenance and servicing. Hangar-8, which is directly opposite Hangar-7, ensures that all the winged aircraft and helicopters are one-hundred-percent airworthy. It fulfills the role of a fully equipped aircraft hangar, which meets the highest requirements. Architecturally the two halls perfectly complement each other, as Hangar-8 adopts the style of its big brother.

Details such as underfloor heating ensure the working conditions are perfect. It's also a necessity, because restoring a historic plane can take several years. The ground crew's composition is as international and unique as the fleet itself, incorporating as it does specialists from all over the world, mechanics for long "defunct" engine constructions and avionics engineers, who are able to maintain both historic and contemporary flight instruments.

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Now that you've got some background info, we welcome you to browse through the images in the gallery to marvel at this crazy toy collection.

For more info on the Hangar-7 aircraft museum, check out the website here.

Check out the full photo gallery.

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Douglas DC-6B
© Cornelius Braun/Red Bull Content Pool

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Chance Vought F4U-4 Corsair
© Cornelius Braun/Red Bull Content Pool

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Henrik Lampert loves hot dogs, the Boston Bruins and Norway. He's the Online Editor here at Freeskier.