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Lancair Performs at Reno Air Races

Lancair International and Lancair aircraft were well represented again at the 47th Annual National Championship Air Races held at the Reno-Stead Airport from September 15th through the 19th.

Lancair aircraft have come to dominate the Sport Class races and this year was no exception. Of the twenty-two aircraft entered in the Sport and Super Sport Divisions, almost half were Lancairs, with ten entries from the marque. The high demands of racing resulted in numerous engine failures this year with six blown engines affecting the Super Sport Class the most.

The only Lancair pilot left in the Super Sport Class by race time was Lynn Farnsworth flying the Lancair Legacy "Miss Karen II."

The star Lancair in the Sport Gold Division this year was again Lee Behel, who flew his highly modified non-turbo Legacy, "Breathless," to a second place finish with a speed of 331.310 mph. Lee was followed by Vince Walker's beautiful Legacy, "Modo Mio," at 309.402 mph. The irrepressible Ernie Sutter, a friend of Lancair, flew his amazing stock Legacy, “Just Passing Through," to a best speed of 297.066 mph.

Veteran race pilot Bob Jeffrey, long affiliated with Lancair, flying a stock Legacy, "I Dream of Jeanie," won the Silver Division with a speed of 284.410 mph. This aircraft, N199L, is the original prototype Lancair Legacy retract powered by a stock Continental IO-550. Dave Morss flying "Martin's Legacy" took third place with a speed of 272.673 mph. The fifth place spot was taken by Pete Zaccagnino flying "Ludicrous," with a speed of 272.037 mph. Scott Germain took sixth place in his Lancair Super 360 "Unleashed," with a speed of 263.909 mph.

During the races, Lee Behel was bumped up to Super Sport and Bob Jeffrey was bumped up to Gold to fill the Divisions for those race heats. Lee Behel was able to post the fastest Legacy speed of the races with an impressive 345.119 mph.

Lancair was again a sponsor of the Air Races and provided the beautiful Lancair Evolution (shown), flown by Bob Wolstenholm and Bob Jeffrey, as a Pace Plane for the Super Sport and Sport Classes. The Evolution is one of the few multi-seat prop aircraft fast enough to safely pace the Sport and Super Sport classes.

Lancair congratulates this year’s Lancair entrants for their successes and dedication to the sport of Air Racing, The Fastest Motorsport in the World.

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Lancair International Inc, founded in 1984, is celebrating its 26th year selling the world’s most successful high performance piston and turbine kit aircraft. To date, the company has delivered over 2,000 kits. As testimony to their quality and design, Lancair aircraft have set a number of world speed records and have dominated the Sports Class at the Reno Air Races for several years. For more information on Lancair International Inc., visit or call (541) 923-2244.