Red Bull Air Race pilot: 2003-2007
One of the unforgettable Red Bull Air Race pioneers, Klaus Schrodt flew at the very first stop in 2003 and finished second overall for that debut season. He tallied four race podiums across five years before later serving in the vital role of a coach for the Challenger Class. A native of Dieburg, Germany, where he was born in 1946, Schrodt became a pilot for Lufthansa at just 19 years of age, retiring after more than three decades to focus on aerobatics. Schrodt claimed two Freestyle Aerobatic World Championships, two Freestyle European Championships and five German national aerobatic titles. In all, Schrodt has piloted more than 100 different aircraft, and he is also a passionate yachtsman who has completed three solo crossings of the Atlantic.