|Thom's Canopy, Photo: http://www.mikekillianphotography.com/|
Mojave Experimental Fly-in
Title: Precious Metal Canopy Mod Nomination
Experimenter: Thom Richard
Date: Sep 2012 - Sep 2013
Author: Elliot Seguin
Argument: Thom Richard is a great example of new thinking in the sport of Air Racing. Similar to his wingtips, the canopy that he installed for the 2013 races represent a new approach to the problem. The shape is noticeably different than the other mustangs in the class. It opens to the side which we haven't seen in that class for a while, and the arsenal of GoPro cameras that he flew mounted behind his head are a great example of adapting the old sport of Reno Championship Air Racing for self broadcasting via youtube, etc. Thom also documented the very old school build on his website for other home builders to enjoy (link).