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.
The next stop is Putrajaya, Malaysia, on May 17 and 18 for the 2014 Red Bill Air Race World Championship, following an “electrifying” contest in Rovinj, Croatia.
AOPA Foundation President Bruce Landsberg talks with AOPA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Advocacy Jim Coon on his first 100 days and the top advocacy issues confronting AOPA.
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