“One of the foundations of happiness is satisfaction. We can achieve anything, we can receive anything good from fate, if we are not satisfied with it, we are doomed to unhappiness. –Peter Besenyei

THE LEGEND

“Peter Besenyei is the third most famous citizen of Hungary,” someone wrote without naming the second, fourth, fifth or first. However, it is not the serial number that matters, but the “best known” identifier.

Formula 1 world champions Senna and Prost watched with admiration and envy as their flying partner, aerobatic pilot Peter Besenyei, flew under the Chain Bridge in Budapest, which was broadcast by 47 national TV channels on 5 continents. Since then, this maneuver has been part of competitions. An air show host once said: “And now comes one of the best pilots in the world, the pride of Hungary, the wings of the Hungarians.”

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HANGAR

Peter Besenyei piloted an airplane for the first time when he was 15 years old. During his flying career, he has flown more than fifty types of aircraft, nearly nine thousand hours. Its aerobatic demonstration program is a combination of classical and individual aerobatic elements; a kind of improvisation. He always chooses the next figure according to the current situation. Each presentation is different, it never flies exactly the same, but its character and style are unmistakably ‘Besenyei’. He has already won gold medals in the absolutely free program at the European Championships, the World Championships and the World Cup. His aerobatics show is considered by experts to be one of the best – if not the best – in the world.

Below are the types of machines he uses most often.

AIR RACE

In classic aerobatic competitions, Peter Besenyei always competed in the unlimited category. Among the participants in these competitions, the best 12 competitors could take part in the aerobatics world cup, where Peter Besenyei was also selected. For more than 10 years, the competitions were held in Japan, Asia, America, Canada and many other places where the four-minute program was flown to music. The competition series had a good response both among the competitors and the audience. Peter took first place overall in 1997-98 and first place individually in 2001.

Towards the end, fewer and fewer local sponsors supported the competitions and there were no prominent main supporters. This caused an increasing headache for the competition director, Jean-Louis Monnet. Seeing this, around 2000, Peter Besenyei – who was already a Red Bull competitor at the time – met Dietrich Mateschitz, the director of Red Bull. He mentioned stepping in as a sponsor and having a Red Bull Aerobatic World Cup.