Svetlana Kapanina – the best female pilot in the world
This is an edited version of a longer video that showed the entire flight, including take off, edited down to just a bit of warm up and climb, then the main event after a couple of minutes.
Svetlana has been awarded 30 Gold medals in World Championships. But when she won the 2005 World Aerobatic Championship in the female category for the 5th time and finished fourth overall (including men), making her the best female aerobatic pilot of all time.
In 1987 Svetlana graduated from medical school, speciality – pharmacist. The following year she started flying in Kurgan, by 1991 she was a member of the Russian Aerobatic Joint Crew and by 1995 she had graduated from Kaluga Pilot’s School. Although she believed she would never devote her life to flying, what started out as a hobby has turned into serious work as an aerobatic professional.
It didn’t take her very long to join the world’s elite aerobatic pilots. Perhaps her training as a gymnast and many hours on the trampoline has contributed to her success, without requiring so many flight hours.
In 1991, she was Absolute Champion of Russia and in 1993 she won silver at the European Aerobatic Championships, her first international aerobatic contest. She was awarded the medal “For Service to the Motherland” in 1995 and “Award of Honor” in 2002.
Even with her busy schedule she still had time to start her family, giving birth to a son in 2002 and a daughter in 2004. She trains within the Russian National Team structure and attends the 24 hour daily residence training camp at Borki Airport, not far from Moscow.