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Blue Thunder II Status Report 01-20-15

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Press release: For immediate release.
“Blue Thunder II Status Report”
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Now that we are three weeks into the New Year, We’re hoping everyone had a joyous holiday season.

The picture above is of our September engine installed on the Exotic Engine dynamometer. The power transmission is bolted directly to the crank shaft at the front of the engine without the PSRU installed. The headers were built just for the dyno so that the exhaust could be directed out through the roof of the building and making possible the use of lambda sensors. The oil tank can be seen to the left and the Thunder Mustang “rams horns” attached to the throttle bodies upside down, with a tuba shaped funnel on top to smooth out the airflow into the engine. The wiring harness and ECUs are hanging on chains from the ceiling.

Jim Horn from Exotic Engines; Fred Roscher, CEO of 51 Aero; Mike Cummings, Blue Thunder II crew chief and I spent two full days tuning the MoTeC program for maximum engine performance at a maximum 6000 RPM . I can conclude that we all learned a lot and achieved my most optimistic horse power expectations for this engine, but had to back off from this peak because the EGTs were exceeding 1400 degrees. On the final dyno pull, the horse power was still climbing at 6500 RPM and was quite fuel efficient at .45 BSFC.

From the cam shaft serial number I found that it was manufactured by LSM Systems Engineering and when they were contacted, they were very helpful with the information about the cam and sent me a copy of the cam card. Mike and I have a policy of “Trust but Verify” so this last week we spent a lot of time verifying that the cam was installed per the cam card specifications and installing the PSRU.

The Blue Crew would like to highlight our newest sponsor, RC Engineering, . We recommend them for all your fuel injector needs. We again thank all our fans and sponsors for their support without which this testing would not be possible.
John, Jan and the Blue Crew.

Blue Thunder Air Racing
5805 Alpha Avenue
Reno, Nevada 89506
(775) 677-4860

Blue Thunder II Crew Report

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This is a quick note to let everyone know we are back from the AirVenture Cup Race and the Oshkosh convention safe and sound.

We were lucky to be able to compete in the Venture Cup and didn’t do too badly considering the circumstances. Check out the results at

The Blue Crew is in a major rush to prepare for the Reno Air Races in just about three weeks so forgive me please if I cut this report a bit short.

The Oshkosh convention was as overwhelming as usual and I will have an extensive AirVenture Cup Race, Oshkosh Convention and Reno Air Races report in October.

May I remind everyone that you are invited to the 14th annual Blue Thunder open house we call Thunder Storm during the Reno Races September 10th – 14th. Bring your TM if you wish and we will care for it. Food and beverage when AROD as usual.

Thanks so much for everyone’s support because your support is what makes this possible.

John & Jan Parker

Blue Thunder Crew Report 09/25/13

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The 2013 Reno Championship air races are in the history books and the Blue Crew must congratulate Jeff LaVelle for his outstanding work and the win in the Sport Gold race.

Putting the best spin on second place being the first loser, the Blue Crew is proud of our performance in taking second in the Gold at respectable speeds of 390 and change MPH. Though 390+ was not quite enough to win, it is all we had and we were quite consistent all week long. Read More

John Parkers Crowned Sport Class Winner 2011

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There is a little good news that can be gleaned from the September air races and that is we won the only Sport Gold Race that was completed. The Thursday race was canceled when Mike Dacey had an engine failure on takeoff and put his Venture down in the infield. The good news is that Mike is back home in San Louis Obispo facing a long recovery. Thanks to many of you who donated to fly him back in a King Air arranged by Kevin Eldredge. As much as I would like to, of course, it is impossible to avoid touching on the unpredictable tragic event with our friend Jimmy Leeward that happened on Friday just after we won the Sport Gold. Our condolences go out to everyone affected by this tragic accident.