It took more than a year to build and was completed in seconds, but the epic flight of a stunt pilot through motorway tunnels broke several world records.
Dario Costa flew through the Atalka tunnels outside Istanbul, Turkey, at an average speed of 24,245 kilometers per hour.
The 41-year-old veteran pilot broke five Guinness Book of World Records in his specially modified Zyko Edge 540 race aircraft: the longest tunnel flown by an aircraft: (1730 m), the first through a tunnel Airplane flight, the longest flight under a solid barrier, the first flight of an airplane through two tunnels, and the first aircraft takeoff from a tunnel.
This was a great pressure on the Italians. It had only four meters between the wing tip and the wall on each side, and a minimum of 70 cm and a maximum of 1.6 meters above the asphalt.
Costa was passionate about completing the stunt, calling it “a dream come true.”
“I’ve never flown in a tunnel in my life – nobody ever did – so I had a big question mark in my head, will everything go as we expected,” Costa said.
“Of course it was a great relief, but great, great joy was the basic emotion.”
It has been a busy time for Costa lately as he is also working on a new Tom Cruise film. Mission Impossible 7. In Italy.