The Pond Racer, commissioned by Bob Pond to be built of composites by Burt Rutan, was an exceptional design. It resembled a P-38 with twin booms and a center pilot cockpit. Powered by high horsepower Electramotive automobile engines, it required some sophisticated ground support equipment. Plagued with initial problems the first year it ran, it was impressive. The sound was unlike the Merlins or P&W round engines, a high whine of supercharged auto engines. During qualifying rounds in 1993, the airplane developed problems which even Rick Brickert, veteran race pilot, could not handle. The airplane went in and took Rick with it. Both of these airplanes showed great potential while competing at Reno. It is very sad that they along with John and Rick are no longer there.
Neither are long time friends Clyde Allen, Charlie Hall, Chuck Davidson, Bruce Boland, Ray Poe, pilots Bob Yancey, Gary Levitz, and so many more. That's why I don't attend the races any longer. Too many memories of too many friends departed. The following links lead to photos of the two late, great racing airplanes.
Tsunami with experimental scimitar prop.
Details of the tidal wave tail.
In flight, race time.
Pond Racer in the hangar.
In flight, oil all over the RH engine nacelle.
Coolers being used to bring the engines back to normal.
Taxiing back after race.
The late Ray Poe and Bruce Boland, Tsunami team.
The late John Sandberg with pilot Skip Holm.
Conehead spectators enjoying races.
Mr. Awesome Leeward (Jeannie) Worldjet
Sumthin' Else Georgia Mae White Lightnin'
Rare Bear Tsunami
Tsunami More Tsunami
Yancey's Yak Super Corsair Pond Racer
Yak 101 /Lefty's P-38 Healer
Critical Mass The Believer
Cloud Dancer P-40
Link to Leland Haynes' GREAT SR-71 page
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