World champion glider pilot’s a one-man firework display
A world champion glider pilot has turned himself into a one-man firework display.
Johan Gustaffson, 23, from Dala-Järna, 180 miles north of Swedish capital Stockholm, lit up the sky with a pyrotechnics-packed display in his hometown.
The talented daredevil, who won the Advance Aerobatics World Championships in 2010 and 2013, gracefully circled and looped his neon-drenched glider through the night.
Johan thrilled the crowds with the spectacular show, launching fireworks from the £45,000 glider’s wings throughout.
After his fellow pilot dad Christer inspired him to take to the skies aged 15, Johan insists that the routine is still a challenge.
Johan said: “The hardest part of flying such a routine is to get the timing right. You also have to work hard to keep orientation and altitude right to keep yourself off the ground.”
Johan is hoping to take his show overseas and has pencilled in dates in Belgium as well as his homeland for 2015 with more set to be revealed.
And he is certain that he will be as much of a hit across Europe as he has been in Sweden.
Johan said: “Most people are already very amazed and say that they have never seen anything like it before.
“I’m planning on developing the show and adding even more effects too.”