Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Unleashed Beluga Mod Nomination

Mojave Experimental Fly-in
Award Nomination

Title: Unleashed Beluga Mod
Experimenter: Tom McNerney
Category: Build
Aircraft: N54SG
Date: Spring/Summer 2013
Author: Tom McNerney

Argument:  The Beluga Belly mod to the wing body fillet is a first for the Lancair 360 design. Tom McNerney is pushing the boundaries of mods that have been done to this design, and seems to be having a blast doing the work and sharing it (link). Tom's website chronicles the specifics of his work with a level of detail to make any aspiring racer confident. Tom's enthusiasm makes his project a great representative of the renaissance of 4 cylinder Sport Class racing, making the bronze race an exciting one to watch in 2013. The Beluga concept was a very successful modification to Lee Behel's Breathless aircraft (photo) back in 2007-08. While the designs are directly related, this mod has not been applied to this design previously, which makes this mod significant. 
-Elliot Seguin

Description: (link)
Tom and Kim in their racer

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