Chattanoogan Spencer Morgan Wins Air Race

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Chattanooga pilot Spencer Morgan, left, and co-pilot Carleen Kopacek recently took first place in the 23rd Annual AirVenture Cup race in Wausau, WI.
Chattanooga pilot Spencer Morgan, left, and co-pilot Carleen Kopacek recently took first place in the 23rd Annual AirVenture Cup race in Wausau, WI.
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Spencer Morgan of Chattanooga TN and his co-pilot, Carleen Kopacek of Britt Iowa, won 1st place overall in the 23rd Annual AirVenture Cup Race.  The race is the world's premier open-circuit air race open to all experimental and factory-built aircraft and seeks to recreate the spirit of the great air races of the Golden Age of Aviation, such as the famed Bendix Trophy. 

This years event was held in Wausau WI on July 25, 2021.  The race was first won by Astronaut Hoot Gibson in 1998 at an average speed of 295.7 miles per hour.  Spencer finished the 392.5 miles course with an average speed of 423.2 miles per hour. 

Of the 57 racers entered, the second place plane averaged 372.6 miles per hour and had previously won the race 3 times.

Speaking about the second place finisher Spencer said “he was the plane to beat, a very experienced pilot with an extremely fast airplane."

Spencer was flying a Raytheon Premier Jet in which he set a city to city speed record in 2004 when flying for Nelson Bowers and his NASCAR Teams.  Spencer currently flies for a helicopter company and is also a corporate and warbird pilot.

For more information contact Carleen Kopacek: 503-351-4475 or via email at oriowabeefqueen@hotmail.com.


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