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ENGINEERING THE FUTURE THROUGH LAND SPEED RACERS

I spent the morning and half the afternoon listening to America’s brain trust talk about how they were making tomorrow better by working out today’s problems in federal laboratories all across the country. This was the annual meeting of the Federal Laboratory Consortium whose organizers had asked me to give the keynote luncheon presentation on land speed racing. As a mere high school graduate who only got college education by sneaking into classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology, impressed doesn’t begin to explain my thoughts about hanging out some of the best brains on the planet, but let’s just …

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Aerobatic Champion Pilot Vicki Cruse killed in UK airshow practice at Silverstone Racing Circuit

Vicki Cruse, an International Aerobatic Champion and president of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) since 2005 was killed Saturday, Augst 22, 2009 in England just after noon. She was practicing for the World Aerobatic Championships being staged at Silverstone Racing Circuit, the home of British motor racing. No one else was injured in the incident. Vicki was also an Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) director and board member. The 40 year old beloved pilot from Santa Paula, California, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mercifully, Vicki died instantly after her single-seat Zivko Edge 540 nosedived into the ground witnessed by  motoring …

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