Reno air races pose cutting-edge engineering challenges

09/24/2013 | ASME.org

As in auto racing, air racing leans heavily on its engineers, said 15-time Reno National Air Championships winner Jon Sharp. "Take one out [of a racing team], and you’ll find it goes flat," Sharp said as Reno prepares for this year's 50th edition. The challenge, Sharp says, is to build a plane that's not only powerful and fast but also light and strong enough to stand up to the tremendous G-forces of tight turns around pylons.

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