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United States Navy to Christen Newest Addition to Fleet on Thursday, May 29th at the Stan Sayers Memorial Pits at Lake Washington as the United States Navy christens it's latest vessel-the U-50 "Spirit of the Navy" Unlimited Hydroplane.
Christening ceremonies will take place at 11:00, followed by testing until 2:00 on the Ted Jones race course on Lake Washington.
The "Spirit of the Navy" project is a joint effort between the United States Navy and Go Fast, Turn Left Racing, to honor the men and women of the armed forces all over the world. Painted in a scheme similar to the Navy's Flight Demonstration Team the Blue Angels, the U-50 will spend the summer of 2008 on the American Boat Racing Association's hydroplane tour, as well as making appearances at festivals and events in the Pacific Northwest.
Albert Lee Appliances, who will sponsor the "Spirit of the Navy" at the Tri-Cities Lamb Weston Columbia Cup, and Chevrolet Cup at Seafair this summer, will be on hand to cook and serve free hot dogs and hamburgers to all spectators and visitors.
U-50 "Spirit of the Navy" Facts:
Owner: Greg O'Farrell, Go Fast, Turn Left Racing, LLC
Drivers: Brian Perkins, David Williams
Crew Chief: Jimmie Labrie
Sponsors: United States Navy, Albert Lee Appliances, Michigan Mortgage Consultants
Colors: Navy Blue & Gold
Hull Length: 29 feet
Hull Width: 14 feet, 4 inches
Hull Weight: 6,750 lbs in race trim
Top Speed: 200 mph +
Engine: Lycoming T-55 L-7C gas turbine
Propeller: 3-bladed stainless steel
Safety Features: Fully enclosed safety cockpit with F-16 canopy, steel-bar rollcage, 5-point safety harness, driver HANS device and emergency underwater breathing system.