Unleashed Lancair Super 360
Unleashed Lancair Super 360

2013 Reno Air Races

This video is from my helmet cam during the 2013 Reno Air Races.

2012 Highlight Reel

A short video showing some of the highlights filmed during 2012. Enjoy!

Climbing Turning Rejoin

This was during a practice flight during the 2012 Reno Air Races. I am doing a climbing, turning rejoin with Dave Morss in Race #99, a Lancair Legacy.


Find 2013 Reno Air Race Results Here:

Welcome to Unleashed Air Racing.  I built this website to showcase many of the modifications/improvements I have made to my Lancair 360 named Unleashed.  The older Lancair aircraft do not have much of a web presence. (Probably because most were completed before the Internet!)  One of my goals is to provide a place for other owners to share ideas and learn about their aircraft.

I purchased Unleashed as a flying airplane.  This is a double edge sword.  On one side, you get a flying airplane.  On the other side, you get all of the previous owners ideas incorporated into one airplane.  Not pointing any fingers here, this goes back to the original builder.  Everyone has an idea for a system to work best.  The problem is that idea usually doesn’t mesh well with my new idea.  So, I have learned to approach things differently.  For starters, rule number one is this: Assume Nothing

When I get an idea for a system it is best to think of it from a few different perspectives.

  • What was the original builders goal?
  • How will that affect my idea?
  • Will the two systems work in harmony?
  • If not, how to re-engineer a fix for both?

Time and time again I have found things that I had assumed would be correct, and they were not.  That usually leads to a system re-design that in my opinion is harder than the original build process.  Having to deal with these issues is what separates an Experimental buyer from a builder, and often why “buyers” have much more risk involved.   Moral of the story, lesson learned.

Anyway, so the goal here is to share what I have learned for everyone’s benefit.  Most of the modifications are covered in the Projects section of the website.  Some are maintenance issues, and some are speed improvements.  Some of the more recent projects are listed below.  Also be sure to view the Videos page.  Tons of great stuff from when the airplane is doing what it does best, going fast!  Feel free to contact me with any questions, I would be happy to talk airplanes.

Facebook-LogoAlso, check out the Unleashed Facebooke Page for short bits of updates. I try to keep fans informed there as it is easy to do and gets a lot of traffic. When time is available I write the in depth reports that you will find here. But, for a quick and easy way to see what is new, click here:

Tom McNerney

Teaser of some projects that will soon be completed and fully tested:

Flap Teaser


Nose Gear Cover

Nose Gear Cover

During one of my many formation flights, someone in the formation pointed out that the trailing edge of my nose gear door appeared to be blowing open. I had no signs of trouble in the cockpit and can only assume this had been happening for some time. At first I thought the door itself was the problem, and would require …

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Beluga Feature

Beluga Belly Modification

At this point with this airplane, it has become a test bed for all sorts of ideas. Financially I am …

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Brake Preview

Wheel Bearings and Brake Pads

While preparing the airplane for another year at the Reno Air Races I finally got around to replacing the main …

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Cowl 58

Angle Valve Cowling Project

I finished this project about a year ago, just prior to going to Pylon Racing Seminar to get race qualified.  …

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Spinner Overhaul

Spinner and Bulkhead Overhual


My frequent readers will know that I have had previous spinner issues.  Mainly the main bulkhead would develop cracks around …

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Engine Angle 01

Engine Angle


During my firewall forward modifications I ran in to a bit of a problem.  For starters, remember this engine is …

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The problem isn’t the exhaust itself, matter of fact it has been (one of the few things) trouble free. The …

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