Powered flight has changed the world and touched all parts of it, but three sites stand out as significant beacons in nearly a century of its history: Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the birthplace of powered flight; Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace and home of the Wright brothers, who made powered flight happen; and Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the site of EAA AirVenture, the world’s largest celebration of flight.
Many pilots promise themselves to
visit these historic sites during their lifetimes, but too often this
doesn't happen for such everyday reasons as no time or a lack of
accompanying activities to make the trip truly worthwhile. The AirVenture
Cup Race unites these historic sites and gives pilots a chance to test the
speed of their aircraft and efficiency of their flying against the clock
and other pilots.
All racers must be experimental
category aircraft and engine displacement is the primary difference in the
aircraft categories. Unlimited racers with fixed or retractable landing
gear can have a turbocharged engine of 1,400 cubic inches or less. Sport
Class racers have a normally aspirated engine of 1,000 cubic inches or
less. Formula RG racers have retractable gear and engines of 360 cubic
inches or less, and Formula FX have the same engine requirement and fixed
gear. Sprint Class racers have engines of 240 cubic inches or less.
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