Nemesis NXT Attempting World Speed Record at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (March 20, 2008) — EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 attendees will be running with a fast crowd this year, including a world-record speed attempt by longtime EAA member Jon Sharp and his "NemesisNXT" aircraft. The 56th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," is July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Sharp, who set speed records at Oshkosh during the 1990s in his original Nemesis aircraft, will be making his first three-kilometer speed record attempt in the NemesisNXT this summer in what he calls the "NemesisNXT Speed Blast." The current record for this aircraft classification [Class C-1(b)], as designated by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), is 331 miles per hour, set in 1989 in a Questair Venture flown by Richard Gitter. According to FAI rules, a record attempt must show a minimum one percent increase to be valid, so Sharp is aiming for at least 334.31 mph at Oshkosh.
"It's going to be really exciting having the NemesisNXT screaming back and forth on Runway 18/36 at full song and then some," Sharp said. "And what a treat for us to be back on the three-kilometer course at AirVenture."
The exact date for the Speed Blast during EAA AirVenture has not yet been determined, but the attempt will be conducted under the supervision of FAI and its U.S. representative, the National Aeronautic Association.
While this will be Sharp's first attempt to break the three-kilometer speed record in NemesisNXT, the airplane is already renowned for its speed capabilities. Sharp and the aircraft won Sport Class National Championships in 2006 and 2007 at the Reno National Air Races, and also hold three race records, including a 2007 qualifying record of 386.9 mph.
"We are very pleased to welcome Jon and Patricia Sharp back to Oshkosh, and are excited about their world-record speed attempt at EAA AirVenture this summer that will dazzle aviation enthusiasts," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "The Sharps are indicative of the spirit of aviation found among EAA members, whose passion for flight continually propels them to new accomplishments."
For more details on the NemesisNXT aircraft, its specifications, equipment and sponsors, visit www.nemesisnxt.com.
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, is available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.