The Lancair Legacy is no stranger to the fast company at the Reno Air Races, having won the Sport Class outright four times, and providing depth to the field every year.
A long-secret project developed by Cascade Aircraft Management arrived at the 2012 running of the Reno Air Races. It may be offered as a special model, available to regular customers, depending on demand.
Planned as an entry for the 2012 race, but a few days short on development, the new Lancair Legacy "Reno Edition" arrived on a trailer in dark of night, and was first seen on Friday morning.
Notable differences from standard include a special Barrett-conversion Continental IO-550 engine now with two turbochargers, cockpit-side intercoolers (note the portholes along the bottom of the canopy), flush-edge flaps (some racers eliminate flaps altogether, not a recommended modification on a plane that will also see daily flyer duty!), high-performance Beringer wheels and brakes, and detail aerodynamic improvements, both outside the airplane and within the cowling.
Reno race pilot and Lancair company president Bob Wolstenholme has put some time on the new plane and says flatly, "it works." Test pilot Pete Zaccagnino said a Legacy pilot would feel at home, though "there are a few things you notice right away, like all that power."
Price and delivery have not yet been established. Inquiries should be directed to Cascade Aviation Management. [ home ]