Fly low, fly fast, turn left
By jag on Sep 17, 2006
There's something particularly insane about hot-rodding a Rolls Royce Merlin engine (which is a pretty common thing to do at these races). At these kinds of excessive abuse, they frequently come to bad ends. About half a dozen have bit the dust this week. The picture on the left is one that broke a piston rod on Wednesday. The picture on the right is a close up (click on the picture for a large version). The broken piston rod spun around and almost sawed the engine in half. This happened in flight. It takes a good pilot to land one of these things with no engine. Ouch.