with so many aviation firsts through the years, EAA AirVenture will be the
site for the first exhibition race for the new Rocket Racing League, as
announced by the RRL in New York on Monday morning.
Courtesy of Rocket Racing,
Inc., Mike Massee / XCOR
The rocket-powered aircraft will make their
exhibition race debut at Oshkosh on Friday and Saturday, August 1-2. These
exhibition races will include two Rocket Racers flying their "raceway
in the sky" via in-panel and 3D helmet displays.
Initial test flights for the Rocket Racers
will take place in May at Mojave, Calif. Pending FAA approval following
those flights, the AirVenture exhibition races would be the first of four
RRL exhibitions scheduled in late summer and fall throughout the United
"The first exhibition race of the
Rocket Racer is an important milestone in the progression of the Rocket
Racing League," said Granger Whitelaw, RRL's chief executive officer.
"We look forward to sharing the experience and thrill of rocket
racing with the public."
Adam Smith, EAA's vice president of
membership, participated in Monday's news conference via telephone link
from EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. He mentioned that EAA AirVenture is
widely regarded as the showplace for aviation innovation, where the Rocket
Racing League would be a good fit.
has followed the development of the Rocket Racing League with great
interest," Smith said. "This concept, which is based on familiar
homebuilt aircraft designs, also connects very well with EAA's legacy of
welcoming new ideas and celebrating the spirit of aviation in all of its
In a related development at Monday's news
conference, Rocket Racing League Corporation, a subsidiary of the RRL,
announced it is acquiring Velocity Aircraft of Sebastian, Fla. Velocity is
a leading manufacturer of four-seat canard experimental category aircraft.
Velocity will produce an airframe that will be consistent for all
competing Rocket Racers.
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