Findlay Glows


Andrew Findlay, the Stihl-sponsored Lancair Legacy Sport Gold racer, is having a developmental year at the Reno National Air Races. We’ve been following along for a future feature article in Kitplanes magazine, meaning we’ve been spending some quality time with the team.


This included engine run-ups on the Reno ramp well after the sun was done, and with a twin-turbo 550 Continental that means a header glow-show when the power comes up. The photo shows the red-hot results of a limited power run, and we’re displaying it here just to remind us all that exhaust systems, especially those plugged by turbos, run much hotter than we think. If you’re wondering why your firewall-mounted battery dies before its time, this is a likely reason why.

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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.


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