WATCH: Ayrton Senna Breaks The Sound Barrier

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As Brazilian fighter aviation turns 71 today, CLICKON Motorsport celebrates the greatest driver of all time and how he switched his Formula One car with a fighter jet to break the sound barrier.

The racing driver was invited by the Brazilian Force Area (FAB) in 1989 to a display flight in Anapolis (GO), under the guidance of Lieutenant Colonel-aviator Alberto Cortes de Paiva. Ayrton had made a flight in fighter jet in 1987 in Rio de Janeiro, but this time would receive full media coverage, including television.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2-oWu7qlFM

The flight took place on 29 April of that year, six months after winning the first world title of Ayrton Senna. The aircraft was a Mirage III, F-103D model, which was quite complex for the time. It featured items like an ejection seat, plus a strong oxygen and communication system for the pilot and co-pilot (Senna).

Long live the greatest champion in the history of Formula One. A true renegade.