2009 National Championship Air Races 16-20 September

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    The 46th annual NCAR at Reno Nevada starts this week with qualifying in all categories:

    Unlimited
    Jet
    Sport
    T-6
    Formula 1
    Bi-Plane

    The most popular racers by far are the "Unlimiteds", most of which are WW II surplus fighters. My personal fave is "Rare Bear" a highly modified F8F Bearcat although this year it sports a new paint scheme:

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    Here's a link to the RARA (Reno Air Racing Assoc.) website with continually updated qualifying numbers in all categories:
    Reno Air Racing Association - National Championship Air Races and Air Show

    This is a link to a discussion board that has a lot of inside info. Many crew members and pilots of those aircraft are members and post lot's of good stuff:
    Air Racin' - Aviation Airshow Air Race Photography Discussion

    And for the first time a live webcam will be available for Sundays Final races. In fact, the webcam will be on all day and will show the Gold Medal races for all categories as well as the airshow which this year includes the Blue Angels.
    Welcome to LiveAirShowTV

    For those unfamiliar with it, here's a taste of Unlimited Air racing:

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    Rumored to be making an appearance this year is "The Galloping Ghost" in a new, highly modified state:

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    Is that a bad ass looking racer or what? I may have a new favorite!

    Aside from the usual clipped wings, clipped horizontal stabilizer and smaller formula-1 style canopy in an effort to reduce even more frontal area, they've removed the radiator from it's usual location in the fuselage just aft of the wings and put them in the wings themselves (although this drawing doesn't show the wing mounted radiators).

    For comparison purposes, this is what a "normal" P-51 looks like:

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    This was tried on another racer in the 80's and it worked quite well:

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    One of my former flight instructors, Robin Reid, used to fly those races.

    Wish I were there.
     
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    That white one looks like a highly modified F-8.
     
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    Oh yeah, what category? My dad and I went to Reno 1972 and stayed with Gordy Richardson who flew in the T-6 category that year.
    We were gonna' go this year but finances are too tight for me right now. Maybe next year.
     
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    Naw it's a P-51. But it's since been restored back to stock.
     
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    Since when has a P-51 sported a radial engine?
     
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    Oh, I thought you were talking about "Stilleto"! Yeah, "Rare Bear" is an F8F as I pointed out in original the post.
     
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    I was in Seattle last year and visited the hangar where they're making Me-262 repros.

    Gotta couple of mil until payday?

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDFeDxZlrGM]YouTube - ME-262 Over Berlin![/ame]
     
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    Two of my all time favorite racers.
    This one was so highly modified that it earned the new identifier RB-51. I saw this airplane win its last race at the California Air Races at Mojave in 1979. It set a new piston engine speed record a few months later then was completely destroyed after it's engine blew in the Gold race at Reno 1979 and couldn't make it back to the runway. The pilot, Steve Hinton was seriously injured but made a full recovery and is still flying warbirds to this day.
    Interestingly, his son is a pilot as well and will be flying one of the Unlimited racers this year.

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    Conquest I was piloted by Darryl Greenamyer and in 1969 took the piston engine speed record from the Germans who had had it since the war. This aircraft resides now in The Smithsonian at the Udvar Hazy wing where I saw it a few years ago.

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