November 6, 2009
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Two Formula 1 racers that competed in the forty-sixth annual National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nev., were on display at Peter O. Knight Airport during AOPA Aviation Summit’s Airportfest.
Race No. 40, Miss USA, is a Cassutt Racer built in 1970, then modified in 1980 and again in the early 1990s; its maximum speed is 245 mph.
Race No. 1, Invictus, won first place in the Formula 1 Gold race, averaging 241.06 mph during the eight-lap, 25.5-mile race.
Formula 1 racers are powered by stock Continental O-200 engines and must have a fixed-pitch prop, fixed landing gear, at least 66 square feet of wing area, and weigh at least 500 pounds. Thom Richard, who instructs in North American T-6 aircraft at Warbird Adventures in Kissimmee, Fla., raced both airplanes at Reno.
Nevada’s governor is being asked to add funding to the budget for the state aviation trust fund.
The Flying Aviation Expo will offer something for everyone at its inaugural event in Palm Springs, California.
An EAA chapter in Pennsylvania hopes that its annual fly-in will help save the local airport.
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