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Phantom wins championship air races; Aberle announces retirement

 

Last updated 10/16/2017 at Noon

The racing biplane "Phantom" weighs 738 pounds, has a wingspan of approximately 20 feet and utilizes a four-cylinder, 360-cubic-inch Lycoming engine. Tom Wilson photos (The racing biplane "Phantom" weighs 738 pounds, has a wingspan of approximately 20 feet and utilizes a four-cylinder, 360-cubic-inch Lycoming engine. Tom Wilson photos)

Joe Naiman

Village News Correspondent

Tom Aberle owns Aberle Custom Aircraft and Fallbrook Air Service at Fallbrook Community Airpark. Until a negotiated sale is finalized, he also co-owns a racing biplane with Andrew Buehler, and during this year’s National Championship Air Races in Reno, Buehler piloted the biplane called “Phantom” to its 10th Gold Cup race win while Aberle was part of the support crew.

Buehler flew Phantom for the first time since 2005, which meant that for the first time in 12 years Aberle did not see Phantom in the National Championship Air Races from...



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