Formula V Air Racing
|Formula V Air Racing|
|A Formula V Racer, the Monnett Sonerai I.|
The proposal for Formula V has its roots in the 1964 Reno Air Races. In 1969, Air racer, Steve Wittman presented at the Rockford air convention of the Experimental Aircraft Association specifications for a racing event based around aircraft powered with a Volkswagen air cooled engine.
Racers compete in a 1 mile x 1/2 mile wide oval course that subject the racers up to 2.2 G's
Several aircraft were capable of meeting the specifications for Formula V at its creation. Specific designs were introduced shortly after that maximized speed for the configuration.
Winners of the Formula V National Championship are determined by points from the years events. Since 1995 the winner also holds The Wittman Trophy for a year.
- Steve Wittman 1977-81
- Charles Terry 1985
- Rick Leonard 1987-88
- Brian Dempsey 1989-95 Sonerai "Miss Annapolis"
- Dave Patterson 1996-97
- Don Berliner (Jan 1973). "What's up with Formula V". Sport Aviation.
- Bill Blake (Oct 1969). "Specifications For The 100 Cubic Inch Racers". Sport Aviation.
- Don Berliner (Dec 1970). "WITTMAN FORMULA V FLIES!". Sport Aviation.