Mojave Experimental Award Winners

Mojave award winners received novel illuminated trophies. From left: Dick Rutan, Kevin Eldridge, Andrew Findlay, Rian Johnson, Tom Siegler, Joe Coraggio and speaker James Brown.
Mojave award winners received novel illuminated trophies. From left: Dick Rutan, Kevin Eldridge, Andrew Findlay, Rian Johnson, Tom Siegler, Joe Coraggio and speaker James Brown.

To foster innovation the Mojave Experimental Fly-In recognizes achievement following the Fly-In's moto: Design. Build. Test.

Additionally, the Experimenter of the Year is announced, along with the Best Attempt award for achievement or project development that may not have yet reached its goal but is noteworthy nonetheless.

The 2016 winners were announced tonight at an awards banquet highlighted by a behind the scenes review of the F-117 and F-22 stealth aircraft by Lockheed test pilot James Brown.

The  2016 Mojave Experimental Fly-In Award winners are:

Best Design: Kevin Eldridge in lieu of Lycoming for the IE2 engine.

Best Build: Joe Coraggio for his Long EZ.

Best Test: Rian Johnson for Van’s Aircraft and RV-14 development.

Experimenter of the Year: Andrew Findlay for his Lancair air racer.

Best Attempt: Tom Siegler who is restoring a Cosmic Wind racer.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is a professional magazine writer and nurtures an ongoing affair with all things internal combustion. His writing is most often found in automotive magazines, but aviation is his first love. Working as a line boy, he learned to fly while in high school, but still hasn't mastered the art of keeping a paper chart in an open cockpit.

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