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RACING A/C SINCE 1946 OR TO THE PRESENT (Read 10114 times)
Reply #23 - Oct 23rd, 2014 at 7:57pm

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PRECIOUS METAL P-51Thanks to Marcelo Pricoli and his friend designer Charly Armonti of Argentina!

Wikipedia:
In 1988 the P-51XR “Precious Metal” first participated in the Reno Air Races. It was fitted with a Rolls-Royce Griffon engine as well as contra-rotating propellers. The new aircraft had been assembled over just a few months. The fuselage, a North American P-51D acquired from Tallmantz Aviation after having been used as a movie prop in Hollywood. It was fitted with a set of standard wings and a Griffon engine. A P-51H tail section from the original “Precious Metal” was fitted, so it flew as N5483V.

Precious Metal N6WJ, was first registered with the FAA, April of 1989 and the application was to register the craft as a P-51XR, fitted with a Griffon 57A, built by World Jet Inc. by Don Whittington as N6WJ. The FAA assigned the aircraft serial number of 44-88 describing it as being “built from parts”, the engine had a serial number of 44-138.

In 1995, the P-51XR Racing as number 38 and registered N6WJ[1] raced at Phoenix in March and Reno in September piloted by Whittington. At Phoenix it had a standard tail, by the time it got to Reno it had been fitted with the taller P-51H tail again.

Ron Buccarelli, President of Lake Air Inc. also of Ft Lauderdale, noticed the aircraft covered in dust and persuaded Whittington to sell it to him, with Buccarelli buying it in 2000. Buccarelli raced the Reno event each year from 2002 to 2007,[2] excepting 2005, winning the Unlimited Bronze race in 2003 with the highest speed recorded during a Bronze race.

 

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Reply #22 - Apr 4th, 2014 at 8:44pm

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Pond Racer: (Pres Bruning plan)
Per Wikipedia:  The Scaled Composites Pond Racer (Company designation Model 158) was a twin-engine twin-boom aircraft developed for Bob Pond by Burt Rutan and his company Scaled Composites. Bob Pond commissioned the design with the idea of developing a modern aircraft that could compete with the vintage warbirds in the Unlimited Class at the Reno air races. Bob Pond was concerned that each year at the Reno Air Races, valuable and historic aircraft were being crashed and destroyed, not to mention many engines being damaged or wrecked beyond repair. The Pond Racer was hoped to be an alternative to vintage aircraft like the P-51 Mustang and the Hawker Sea Fury that would be as fast and spectacular in the air as the warbirds.

Check the links below for more information on this a/c:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaled_Composites_Pond_Racer
 

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Reply #21 - Apr 4th, 2014 at 8:42pm

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North American P-51B:  (Plans by C. Mather, Bill Harney, Dave Stott, and Tom Nallen)
Per Wikipedia:   The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and, with an engine installed, first flew on 26 October.

Check the links below for more information on this a/c:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_P-51D_Mustang
http://www.airracinghistory.freeola.com/index.htm

 

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Reply #20 - Apr 4th, 2014 at 8:37pm

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North American P-51D:  (Plans by N. Gregory, John Bell, Comet)
Per Wikipedia:  The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang was an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North American Aviation (NAA) in response to a specification issued directly to NAA by the British Purchasing Commission. The prototype NA-73X airframe was rolled out on 9 September 1940, 102 days after the contract was signed and, with an engine installed, first flew on 26 October.

Check the links below for more information on this a/c:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_P-51D_Mustang
http://www.airracinghistory.freeola.com/index.htm
 

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Reply #19 - Apr 4th, 2014 at 8:30pm

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Vought F4U Corsair:  (Mark Drela and Model Builder plans)
Per Wikipedia: The Chance Vought F4U Corsair was an American fighter aircraft that saw service primarily in World War II and the Korean War. Demand for the aircraft soon overwhelmed Vought's manufacturing capability, resulting in production by Goodyear and Brewster: Goodyear-built Corsairs were designated FG and Brewster-built aircraft F3A.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F4U_Corsair
 

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Reply #18 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 5:40pm

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Precious Metal Griffon powered P-51D: (Charlie Armonti plan)North American P-51D modified with a Rolls Royce Griffon engine and drastic structure changes.

Check the link below for a different peak at this airplane:
http://airpigz.com/blog/2011/8/31/griffon-powered-p-51-precious-metal-gets-dress...

 

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Reply #17 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 5:28pm

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F2G2 “Super” Corsair:  (John Bell plan)
Per wikipedia: The Goodyear F2G "Super" Corsair was a development by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of the FG-1/F4U-1 Corsair design as a special low-altitude version of a fighter equipped with a Pratt & Whitney R-4360 28-cylinder, four-row radial air-cooled engine.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodyear_F2G_Corsair

 

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Reply #16 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 5:26pm

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Cosmic Wind: (Walter Musciano plan for December 1948 Model Airplane News)
Per Wikipedia: The LeVier Cosmic Wind was a small single engine, single seat racing monoplane designed and built by staff of the Lockheed Corporation in 1947. It did not race successfully in the US but one won the premier cross-country competition in the UK in 1964. It still flies today.

Check the link below for more information on this a/c:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LeVier_Cosmic_Wind
 

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Reply #15 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 5:24pm

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Warwick W-4 Hot Canary: (Robert C. Sweitzer plan for March 1982 Model Builder)
Per Wikipedia: The W-4 Hot Canary is a custom biplane designed for air racing.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warwick_W-4_Hot_Canary
 

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Reply #14 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 5:09pm

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F8F Bearcat: (Tom Nallen plan) this plan could be used as is or modified for the various racing a/c.

Per Wikipedia:  Bearcats have long been popular in air racing. A stock Bearcat flown by Mira Slovak and sponsored by Bill Stead won the first Reno Air Race in 1964. Rare Bear, a highly-modified F8F owned by Lyle Shelton, went on to dominate the event for decades, often competing with Daryl Greenamyer, another famous racer with victories in his own Bearcat (Conquest I, now at the Smithsonian's NASM) and holder of a propeller-driven aircraft world speed record in it. Rare Bear also set many performance records, including the 3 km World Speed Record for piston-driven aircraft (528.33 mph/850.26 km/h), set in 1989, and a new time-to-climb record (3,000 m in 91.9 seconds (6,425.9 fpm), set in 1972, breaking the 1946 record cited above).

Check the links below for more information on this a/c:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F8F#Air_racing
http://www.airracinghistory.freeola.com/index.htm
 

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Reply #13 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 4:35pm

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Smirnoff F8F Bearcat:  (Pres Bruning plan)
Per Wikipedia:  Bearcats have long been popular in air racing. A stock Bearcat flown by Mira Slovak and sponsored by Bill Stead won the first Reno Air Race in 1964. Rare Bear, a highly-modified F8F owned by Lyle Shelton, went on to dominate the event for decades, often competing with Daryl Greenamyer, another famous racer with victories in his own Bearcat (Conquest I, now at the Smithsonian's NASM) and holder of a propeller-driven aircraft world speed record in it. Rare Bear also set many performance records, including the 3 km World Speed Record for piston-driven aircraft (528.33 mph/850.26 km/h), set in 1989, and a new time-to-climb record (3,000 m in 91.9 seconds (6,425.9 fpm), set in 1972, breaking the 1946 record cited above).

Check the links below for more information on this a/c:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F8F#Air_racing
http://www.airracinghistory.freeola.com/index.htm
 

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Reply #12 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 4:32pm

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Bell P-63 (John Bell 3 view)
Per Wikipedia:  Numerous surplus P-63s ended up on the air racing circuit in the immediate postwar era. Charles Tucker purchased two P-63s from the disposal facility at Kingman, Arizona just after the war. He entered one of them, the Tucker Special as Race 28 with the name Flying Red Horse emblazoned on the nose (civilian register N62995) in the 1946 Thompson Trophy race. He had clipped the wing 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m) in an attempt to improve its speed, reducing the span to 25 ft 9 in (7.85 m). The second one (44-4126 (XN63231 Race 30) was intended for the 1946 Bendix cross country race. It was initially fitted with two wingtip drop tanks. In 1947, the drop tanks were removed and the wings were clipped to 28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)

Check the link below for more information on this a/c:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_P-63_Kingcobra#Postwar_air_racers
 

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Reply #11 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 4:29pm

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Bell P-39:  (C. Mather plan)
Per Wikipedia: The "Cobra II" (Race #84) flown by test pilot "Tex" Johnston, beat racing-modified P-51s, as well as other P-39 racers (which were the favorites), to win the 1946 Thompson Trophy race. Cobra II competed again in the 1947 Thompson Trophy, finishing 3rd. In the 1948 Thompson trophy, she was unable to finish due to engine difficulties. Cobra II did not race again and was destroyed on 10 August 1968 during a test flight prior to an attempt at the world piston-engine air speed record, when owner-pilot Mike Carroll lost control and crashed. Carroll died and the highly-modified P-39 was destroyed.

Check the link below for more information on this a/c:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_P-39_Airacobra#Racing
 

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Reply #10 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 4:26pm

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Reply #9 - Mar 27th, 2014 at 4:25pm

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Dixon Special: (Pylon Model Airplane Company kit plan, l was unable to obtain much information on this aircraft)

The links below shed some light on this a/c:
http://www.airracinghistory.freeola.com/Formula%20One%20Air%20Racing.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_One_Air_Racing
 


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