Swaid Rahn Claims Silver Title
Heatstroke leads from start to finish to claim silver title.
Georgia’s Swaid Rahn was crowned winner of the silver class at the Air Race 1 World Cup in Thailand.
Rahn, who lives in Springfield, flew #8 Heatsroke to victory in the silver class at U-Tapao International airfport in Pattaya Thailand.
The 54-year-old set the pace and led the race from start to finish over the 8 laps holding off the challenge of USA’s Chip Mapoles and Canada’s Scott Holmes who finished in second and third respectively.
He commented; “It was a good race with a lot of adrenaline pumping – the airplane flew great and the temperatures were great and we had a really clean race.
“We had a couple of fuel leaks and had to fix the tank twice in the week leading up to the race but we pulled it together and we were able to bring home the win.
“Thailand has been an awesome experience and we would love to come back.”
Rahn, started his aviation career in the US Air Force as an aircraft mechanic and races for the Heat Stroke team in a Cassutt IIIM aircraft.
Swaid has professionally flown many different aircraft but his true love is flying experimental aircraft. He flew as a rookie in the IF1 class in 2016, with the Heat Stroke team winning the Crew-of-the-Year Award.