Posted By RichC on April 15, 2008
The Rocket Racing League plans to exhibit their rocket powered racing planes for the first time at EAA Airventure this summer on August 1st and 2nd in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Granger Whitelaw, a co-founder and the CEO of Rocket Racing League, indicated that they still need to firm up sponsorships and media deals before expanding the league, but are already planning on ramping up the production line for the planes. They still have yet to gain Federal Aviation Administration approval for these races so its a chicken and egg thing at the moment. As for the airshow, the FAA has yet to give its final OK for this year’s exhibition flights as well, which could limit appearances to static displays from an aviation enthusiast perspective. That said, Granger Whitelaw already envisions Velocity Aircraft coming out with a new line of six-seat and four-seat luxury airplanes that will incorporating technologies developed for the Rocket Racers. For many of us that anticipated price tag of over $1 million for the the six-seater model may keep us on the tarmac … but you’ve got to love the climb-rate — see MSNBC posted raw video of a rocket powered Velocity taking off (below).