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Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson
Pumping avgas and waxing flight school airplanes got Tom into general aviation in 1973, but the lure of racing cars and motorcycles sent him down a motor journalism career heavy on engines and racing. Today he still writes for peanuts and flies for fun.

Rear Cockpit

Big Brother is my copilot.

Rear Cockpit

Summer school.

Second Hand is First Rate

Pitts happens when you have 11 months, talent, friends, spare parts, and a little cash.

Rear Cockpit

Flying glass.

Rear Cockpit

Getting there.

Reno Bird Strike

In what has to be one of the rarest of Reno air racing occurrences, James Stringer suffered a bird strike during the third lap...

Promise Fulfilled

Ever since Andrew Findlay appeared with his splashy graphics and youthful team full of brains and enthusiasm the only real question was when would...

Biplane Gold

Surprising absolutely no one, Andrew Buehler started first, immediately began lapping nearly everyone and finished first in today's Biplane Gold race. Flying Phantom, the...


Anticipation is one thing, but racing is something else. And we were all robbed of a great Formula One Gold race this morning by...

A Promising New Race Day

It's 45 degrees as the night hints at ceding itself to the sun in Reno, Nevada. In countless hotel rooms, houses, trailers and motorhomes...

In Case You Missed it

Flight Review: Point of Ignition

Builder Kurt Goodfellow has risen to the challenge of installing a Wilksch Airmotive WAM-120 diesel powerplant in his Van’s RV-9, and the proof is in the performance test results. By Ken Krueger.

Home Shop Machinist

The jack hack.

What’s New

Simplex Aeroplanes offers discounted plans for its Cloudster Ultralight, and Superior Air Parts has resumed shipping its Experimental XP Series engines to dealers.


You know those engine vendors you usually see at the big annual air shows? Where do they go when they disappear? Detective Rick Lindstrom is on the case.