The Lancair Legacy is a popular aircraft used in Reno Air Races held annually in Nevada. With powerplant enhancements, such as twin turbos, a highly specialized propeller and carbon fiber reinforcements in the rear part of the fuselage and tail (commonly known as the “Reno Wrap”) the Legacy is capable of reaching a speed of just over 400mph in competition. The fastest Legacy has seen a speed of 403mph… just 2 mph under where controllability becomes a major concern.
Owners since 2014: Rick Croasdale Manvel, TX & Brian Crawford Houston, TX
Built by Bill & Debbie Oprendek of Sedona, AZ
Build time: 2 years – 4,000 man-hours (built 2004-2006)
- Engine: Continental IO-550N (6-cylinder, normally aspirated) 310 horsepower at 2,700 RPM
- Maximum speed: Full Power, sea level: 239 knots (275 mph)
- Range: Best Economy: 215 knots (247mph) and 880 nautical miles. Best Power: 228 knots (262 mph) and 790 nautical miles.
- Length: 23 ft, 6 in
- Wingspan: 30 ft
- Approximate Fuel Burn: Best Economy – 11.6 gallons per hour at 13,000 feet, Best Power 15 gallons per hour at 8,000 feet