WOW-POW = World Of Wonderful POWer: The Rocket Racing League (RRL) lights up the sky!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Rocket Racing League (RRL) lights up the sky!

The Rocket Racing League (RRL) unveiled its competition racing aircraft Tuesday in a single-ship demonstration to open Tuesday's afternoon air show. This marked the first public flight of these aircraft, which were first introduced in April in New York. As the rocket racer prepared for takeoff, the crowd was advised to put their sunglasses on. After a loud pop, 1,500 pounds of thrust from a liquid oxygen and kerosene engine, a short takeoff, and incredible vertical climb, the rocket racer was high overhead with 15 foot flames out the back. Immediate applause came from the crowd. For this demonstration, the rocket racer rotated at 100 knots, but on the "raceway in the sky," they would normally go 200-250 knots.
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