Last Update: September 21st., 2001
"Blueberry" is one of the top Formula V air racing airplanes.
Built in 1978 by Ed C. Fisher of Painesville, Ohio, "Blueberry" is the oldest Formula V raceplane currently active on the circuit, and has flown in more Formula V air races than any other raceplane. It is always in the thick of the action and really stands out due to its distinctive color scheme. "Blueberry" is a modified Monnett Sonerai-1 design.
On Sept. 7th., 2001, team owner Jim Vliet delivered "Blueberry" to the Motorsports Hall of Fame Museum, located in Novi, Michigan (near Detroit). "Blueberry" now joins the impressive collection of racing vehicles at this Museum. We encourage you to visit the Motorsports Hall of Fame Museum and website at www.mshf.com
Blueberry's Pilot: Charlie Terry first got started in air racing in 1975 as the pilot of his own #14 "Beetlebomb" in which he won the Formula V National Championship in 1985. Charlie has been racing in Blueberry since 1989. He has flown at every official Formula V air race held since the first race in 1977. He's known as the "John Force of Air Racing" because he's such an outrageous character! Charlie has also been heavily involved over the years in administrating the Formula V organization, serving as President 1986-1989 and 1992-1996. He has also raced in the Formula One and Sport Biplane air racing classes. Charlie is a DAR and performs homebuilt aircraft inspections, licensing and test flights.
Charlie Terry & Jim Vliet confer before a flight.
Blueberry's Owner: Jim Vliet has been involved in air racing from 1975 through 2000 as a team owner, race announcer and administrator. Jim built his first raceplane, a Wittman V-Witt #33 "chasin' rainbows" which competed in 1987-88. Jim acquired Blueberry in 1989. Jim has also been heavily involved in administrating the Formula V organization, serving as Secretary and newsletter editor from 1986 to 1996, Vice-President in 1997, and President 1997-2001. He has also served as announcer at all Formula V air races since 1986. Jim has designed a totally new Formula V raceplane to replace Blueberry.
Blueberry's Crew Chief:Ted Jasik of New York City is the crew chief for Blueberry at the races. Ted is a licensed pilot and has been involved in air racing since 1995.
For more information about Formula V Air Racing, including upcoming races, television coverage, race results, race procedures and a look at the other racing teams, please visit the Formula V Air Racing web site.
More information about Blueberry...
Blueberry's Racing History...You are invited to send email to Blueberry's owner Jim Vliet
Other air racing, aviation and motorsports links...
Experimental Aircraft AssociationThis web page was created by James A. Vliet. It has been accessed times since moving to totalracing.com in July 2001. The original web site was created on February 19, 1997.