Racing Bearcats and Corsairs: Raceplanetech,Volume 2

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Racing Bearcats and Corsairs examines two of the most competitive types of air racers flown at the Cleveland Air Races (1046-1949) and today's National Championship Air Races, held each year at Reno, Nevada. Bearcats, often modified with engines nearly twice their original horsepower, have dominated Reno beginning in the 1960s and have continued a winning tradition with Lyle Shelton's Rare Bear. Heavily modified Corsairs were the dominant aircraft in the post World War II races, and at Reno, the Super Corsair ...
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Racing Bearcats and Corsairs examines two of the most competitive types of air racers flown at the Cleveland Air Races (1046-1949) and today's National Championship Air Races, held each year at Reno, Nevada. Bearcats, often modified with engines nearly twice their original horsepower, have dominated Reno beginning in the 1960s and have continued a winning tradition with Lyle Shelton's Rare Bear. Heavily modified Corsairs were the dominant aircraft in the post World War II races, and at Reno, the Super Corsair was the bent wing bird to beat. Racing Bearcats and Corsairs examines what it takes to field a sound engine racer. It details modifications which are made to the powerplants and airframes, and, based on interviews with the pilots and crew chiefs, provides a first-hand account of the fastest motor sport. For military and aviation enthusiasts:- Great photos and illustrations of Reno racing plane design and development - Fantastic racing history of the Bearcat and Corsair - First-hand stories and racing accounts from pilots, engineers and crew members - Includes details on engine and airframe modifications plus racing fuels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580070355
  • Publisher: Specialty Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2002
  • Series: RaceplaneTech Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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Nicholas A. Veronico is the president of the northern California chapter of the American Aviation Historical Society. His many books include F4U Corsair: The Combat, Development, and Racing History of the Corsair; Giant Cargo Planes; Military Aircraft Boneyards; and Blue Angels: Sixty Years of Aerial Excellence. He served as an editor for Pacific Flyer Aviation Newspapers, In Flight USA, and Airliners: The World's Airline Magazine. Veronico lives in San Carlos, California, and has most recently published Hidden Warbirds (2013) and Hidden Warbirds II (2014) with Zenith Press.
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Table of Contents

Preface: A Word from the Authors 4
Chapter 1 Go Fast! Round-Engine Racers 5
Chapter 2 Racing Corsairs: The Cleveland Era 11
Chapter 3 A Comeback: Bent-Wing Racers Return to the Pylons 33
Chapter 4 Racing Bearcats: The Fastest Cats in the World 59
Color Section: Round-Engine Racers: Bearcats and Corsairs in Color 65
Appendix A Bearcat Racers: Racing Bearcats Listed by Race Number 92
Appendix B Bearcat Racers: Race Participation of Each Racing Bearcat 93
Appendix C Corsair Racers: Racing Corsairs Listed by Race Number 99
Appendix D Corsair Racers: Race Participation of Each Racing Corsair 100
Appendix E Bibliography: Further Reading on Round-Engine Racers 104
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