Tag Archives: Hydroplanes

Rocketeer-racer gets his day in the sun

Today Jimmy Shane took a little time off from his day job — building spaceships at Blue Origin — to bask in the glory surrounding his other claim to fame, as America’s champion hydroplane driver. Shane was the center of attention at … Continue reading

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Hydroplane racer gives a nod to Blue Origin

The worlds of rocketry and hydroplane racing crashed together in Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Twitter feed today, and it’s all because of Jimmy Shane. Shane’s workaday job title is integration engineer at Blue Origin, the rocket venture founded by Bezos and … Continue reading

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Thunderboats get a 21st-century makeover

The roar of this weekend’s Seafair hydroplane races on Lake Washington reawakens a six-decade-old Seattle tradition – but it also heralds changes for a sport that’s been compared to NASCAR on water. Seattle has been a hot spot for hydros since 1950, when a … Continue reading

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