April 25-27,  2015

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Speedfest V featured two racing classes: Alpha (Advanced) Class which is open to collegiate teams, and India (Invitational) class, which is open to high school teams.  A total of 15 teams competed in Speedfest V, including well over 200 students and teachers.   The official gate count was over 600 people. Winds for the day were were relatively light, and the weather was excellent.

Alpha class teams developed internal combustion-powered airplanes that were optimized for air and ground speed mission:  The air mission consisted of a race to 15 flags, at which point the team had to deploy an autonomous ground vehicle.  The ground vehicle had to have a camera payload, and take a picture of a hidden sign as well as complete a 6 flag ground course as quickly as possible.  Fastest overall time (lowest score) was the winner.  After a competitive and exciting race, the Alpha Class scores were as follows:

Final Standings for Alpha Class:
  1. Oklahoma State Universtity Black     (238)
  2. Oklahoma State University Orange   (357)
  3. OU Crimson Skies                              (Flew, Did not score)
  4. University of Dayton Aerodesign       (NS)
  5. University of Miami                              (NS)
India Class teams were challenged with the fabrication of an "Uproar" airplane kit with a .46 cubic inch, 2-stroke engine.  The planes flew head-to-head in heats of up to 4 planes at a time.  12 teams entered Speedfest in the India class, and 10 scored.  Competition was close, with the top 3 scores being a 15, resulting in a tie-breaker.   A new team; Tishomingo High school took the top spot with 15 flags, as well as scoring Overall Score Champion with a score of  95 flags.   Close behind, were Meridian Tech, and Great Plains Tech.

Final Standings for India Class:

Overall Score Champion:    Tishomingo High School  (95 total flags)
  1. Tishomingo High School                                       (15 max flags, 95 total)
  2. Meridian Technology Center Pegasus                (15 max flags, 92 total)
  3. Great Plains Tech Center Frigates                      (15 max flags, 66 total)
  4. Tulsa Tech Center Raptors                                   (14 max flags, 86 total)
  5. Meeker High School Pteradogeagles                 (14 max flags, 68 total)
  6. Talequah High School Tigers                               (14 max flags, 67 total)
  7. Gordon Cooper Technology Center Syraiders   (13 max flags, 50 total) 
  8. Morrison High School Ghostrider                         (13 max flags, 46 total)
  9. Gordon Cooper Technology Center Lawndarts (12 max flags, 29 total)
  10. Choctaw High School Choctaw Jackets             (12 max flags, 18 total)
 India teams could compete for additional awards.  Judges consisted of aerospace engineering students from the OSU student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  Pictures and videos of the teams and planes can be found in the "Pictures" and "Video" sections below.  The following are the results:

Best Airplane Build:  Tishomingo High School.  Quality of construction was judged by technical inspection judges.  

Best Airplane Graphics:  Great Plains Frigates.  The Frigates team went with a Red Bull Air Racer theme.

Best Helmet:       Tishomingo High School.  Tishomingo helmets were adorned with a Native American feathers theme.

Team Spirit:  Gordan Cooper Tech Center.  The judges felt that the Jaguars team best demonstrated team spirit and sportsmanship with thier positive attitude, assistance to other teams, and excellent airplane.


Click here for pictures of the event
(Courtesy Ernie Robinson, Dick Weast, and Thomas Hays)

Speedfest V featured a required competition category for 2 minute promotional videos.  People from around the world voted for their favorite.  Awards were based on the highest number of votes. Click on a link to watch the short video:

OSU Black "Reckoning"
OSU Orange "SKYFALL"  (Winner, best video Alpha Class)
OU Crimson Skies

Great Plains Frigates  (Winner, best video India Class)
Meridian Technology Team Pegasus
Meeker Pteradogeagles
Morrison Ghostrider
Tahlequah Tigers
Tishomingo R^3
Drumright Tornadoes
Tulsa Tech Raptors
Gordon Cooper Tech Center Skyraiders
Gordon Cooper Tech Center Lawn Darts
Choctaw High Flyin Jackets

Thank You
Speedfest V was a great success thanks to all of the hard work of the students, pilots, organizations, and dozens of volunteers.  In addition to the sponsors recognized in the logo block, the Speedfest organizers would like to thank the following organizations for thier assistance:

Stillwater RC Flyers
Oklahoma Civil Air Patrol
Student chapter of AIAA
Stillwater Chamber of Commerce
OSU Student Government Association