The sound of buzzing engines filled the air over Olney last week as aerobatic pilots trained at Olney Municipal Airport for competition in the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship series. Several pylons, or “air gates,” were visible on the horizon from Monday, Oct. 21, through Monday, Oct. 28, as the pilots trained for the year-long event.

Many of the pilots, support staff and ground crew involved with the event converged on the airport, along with their planes and a portable hangar, to make the most of the clear skies and space around Olney.

Bob Stark, manager of the local airport, said the Red Bull Air Race officials chose Olney as a training location upon the recommendation of other aerobatic pilots with whom they were familiar.

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