Sunday, April 19, 2015
Savier breaks three world records in two days!!
Congratulations to Klaus Savier, Jenny Tackabury, and Rich Jankowski on this fantastic achievement. The aircraft is the test platform for Klaus and Jenny's company Lightspeed Engineering.
4/16/15 C-1a 100km Delaminator Varieze
The record that was challenged (link) belongs to IF1 racer Richard "Smokey" Young (link), who set the record in September of 2010 in Thermal CA at 242 MPH (link). Klaus attempted the record in the Delaminator, Klaus' heavily modified Varieze that holds both the 1000km and 2000km in this weight class. Klaus broke this record during his afternoon flight, unfortunately he did not break it by the required amount (1%) to claim a new record.
4/17/15 C-1a 100km Delaminator Varieze
The conditions were less turbulent but colder and while Klaus made several runs he was not able to beat the record.
4/17/15 C-1a 500km Delaminator Varieze
The record that was challenged (link) belongs to John Saum, who set the record in August of 1983 in Fon du lac WI during the CAFE 500 at 214 MPH (link) in a Cassutt. The new record appears to be (unofficially at this point) 240.6 MPH. This flight was flown at 14,000 ft to clear the Sierra Nevada, this altitude of course well above that of the airplane's best performance.
4/17/15 C-1b 2000km Determinator LongEZ
The record that was challenged (link) belongs to Dick Rutan, who set the record in January of 1994 here at Mojave CA at 249 MPH in the Rutan Catbird. Dick has held many records and so has the Catbird. The new record appears to be (unofficially at this point) 254 MPH. This 5 hr flight from Mojave to Roseberg Oregon and back was unfortunately flown with a steady cross wind and turbulence the entire flight.