Before the competition, two F5 jet planes crossed the Botafogo bay a couple of times.
"Air gates" have been installed in Botafogo bay, forming a circuit which the pilots should fly in the shortest possible time.
Pilots must pass through the red gates with the planes in vertical position.
Pilots must pass through the blue gates with the planes in horizontal position. The constructive nature of the gate pylons is prepared to withstand shocks without damaging the planes, as we can see in the image below at the right, captured just a few moments after the shock.
The audience of the event was estimated in one million people.
Photographers at the event were not disappointed.