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British champ to test Composites Universal plane

by: Photo courtesy Composites Universal, British air racing champion will take delivery this week of a new MXS air racer made in Scappoose. He will provide an aerobatic demonstration with the new plane Wednesday.

Composites Universal Group, manufacturer of composite components for the experimental and high-performance aircraft industry, will host an aerobatic demonstration with eight-time British air racing champion Nigel Lamb on Wednesday, April 23 at the Composite Universal Group headquarters located at the Scappoose Airport.

The event will take place at 11 a.m., with an aerobatic demonstration to follow at noon.

Lamb, a renowned English aerobatics pilot, will take delivery of a new MXS air racing plane constructed by Composites Universal Group. The MXS is a single-seat carbon fiber sport plane utilizing advanced state-of-the-art material that has risen as a top performer in air racing and aerobatic circles. Lamb will demonstrate the capabilities of the new plane and answer questions about his three-decade career as an air racing champion, stunt pilot and movie consultant.

The aerobatic demonstration is open to the public free of charge.

Lamb was born in Zimbabwe and was inspired by his father, who was a Royal Air Force fighter pilot in World War II. After school, Lamb joined the Royal Air Force to fly helicopters during the late 1970s.

In 1980, Lamb left the air force as an instructor and moved to England to join a professional air display team. Since then, he has competed in more than 1,500 air shows around the world. He was captain of the Royal Air Force 'Golden Dream' aerobatic team.

Lamb was crowned the British Unlimited aerobatic champion eight times consecutively. He made his debut in the Red Bull Air Race World Series in 2005. He is also featured in some movie productions, most notably as chief pilot in the 2006 film 'Flyboys,' and as a stunt pilot flying a variety of historical aircraft including a Spitfire, P-51 Mustang and a P-40 Kittyhawk.

Composites Universal Group was founded in 1994 by Charles Harrison and Steven Ruege to provide high-quality composite tools, components, and assemblies to the experimental aircraft industry.

The company has a strong background in processing advanced composite materials for aircraft, space, automotive, marine, and industrial applications.

The company works to incorporate Lean Manufacturing principles and technologies into its manufacturing processes resulting in higher quality, lower cost products for its customers.