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In 2009 Pete McLeod made history by becoming the youngest pilot and first Canadian to compete in the elite Red Bull Air Race World Championship. Widely expected that 2009 would be a development year for McLeod, he never the less improved rapidly in his rookie season, impressing crowds and rivals alike with his smooth performance under pressure. The Canadian was especially strong on tracks with difficult turning maneuvers and challenging weather, such as the high-G quadro in Barcelona and tight Windsor, ON track. With the heaviest and slowest plane in the field, Pete still managed to the get the most out of his Edge 540 to put up a strong challenge for the 1 point up for grabs for 11th place in many races.

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A confident and adventurous bachelor with a university degree, McLeod grew up flying small float planes in northern Canada and took his first flight when he was 6 weeks old. He got his pilot’s licence at 16 – before his driver’s licence. McLeod believes flying in rugged conditions and dynamic environments proved to be an ideal training ground for the Red Bull Air Race.

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Growing up playing hockey, Canada’s national sport, McLeod has always been a fierce competitor. He started aerobatics at 16, flew competition aerobatics, air show freestyle and was the youngest Canadian air show performer. He earned his aerobatics instructor rating at 18. McLeod dedicated 3 years to training for the Red Bull Air Race after he finished his economics degree at the University of Western Ontario. He was born in 1984. His race number 84 derives from his love of hockey - he wore 8 on his hockey jersey and his father wore 4.

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Pete McLeod & his team at the 2009 Windsor Red Bull Air Race.

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Three generations of McLeods.

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Pete McLeod Racing

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