Those who design planes together, stay together. That’s how the saying goes, right? Meet Jon and Patricia Sharp, a married couple who design, build, test, and race their own planes. Jon is a former composite engineer at Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works who became interested in designing his own aircraft and Patricia became the composite fabricator for that aircraft. They then formed Nemesis Air Racing and Jon has since been known as the “winningest pilot in air racing.”
Jon and Patricia will talk about their original aircraft, Nemesis, the most successful aircraft in air racing history, and the records they’ve set and races they’ve won. Jon and Patricia have won nine consecutive Reno Gold National Championships as well as the International Formula One Points championship from 1994 to 1998, and Nemesis has set 16 world speed records. It won 45 of the 48 contests it competed in, and was retired in 1991. In 2000, the Sharps began creating Nemesis NXT, or the “pink beast,” and dominated the competition at 2009 National Championship Air Races with a “record a day, and two on Sunday.” With a top speed of 415.75 mph, they concluded that plane’s competitive days with four world speed records in 2015. Nemesis is currently on display at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center and will be joined by Nemesis NXT in May. Come hear about Jon and Patricia’s work—and marriage—in the fast lane and get insights into their planes that only creators can share.
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