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September 16-20, 2015

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Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
"Ge Ge II" - Race #04/#81 - North American P-51D - N5449V
Apr 14, 2000, 12:11
This beautiful Mustang first entered the Unlimited Class air race circuit at Reno '78 as a "Super-Stocker" - a term coined around then to describe those warbird Unlimiteds which retain an original stock military configuration, but for no obvious reasons - run consistently faster than their Medallion look-alikes... more

Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Neal Nurmi
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
The new "Miss Merced"
Mar 7, 2000, 10:08
Under the careful and talented hands of the Sanders brothers, along with the new owners Steve Bolander's & Jim Michael's interest in restoring this aircraft reminiscent to her glory years, Miss Merced will once again be all what she once was - and then some!

Article By: Mark Kallio
Photography By: Mark Kallio
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
#42 Super Chief - Race Stats: 1988-1992
Mar 7, 2000, 10:07
Race #42 - "Super Chief" - Career Stats 1988 thru 1992. Also, aircraft history in brief Hawker Sea Fury FB MK11 - N878M.

Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
#87 Signal Truck Special/Miss Merced - Race Stats: 1966-1971
Mar 7, 2000, 10:06
Race #87 - "Signal Truck Special" / "Miss Merced" - Career Stats 1966 thru 1971. Also, aircraft history in brief Hawker Sea Fury FB MK11 - N878M.

Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
Photography By: John Tegler Collection / via Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
#42 Super Chief 1988-1992
Mar 7, 2000, 10:05
The July 1984 issue of the National Air Racing group's 'Nag-Rag' newsletter gave a brief mention via member - Bill Miller, that old veteran Hawker Sea Fury - N878M's rebuild back to flying status as a new racer for owner/pilot Jim Mott was "coming along nicely and was intended to have a P&W R-4360!"

Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
#87 Signal Truck Special/Miss Merced 1966-1971
Mar 7, 2000, 10:00
Thanks to new co-owners Stephen Bolander and James Michaels, and to Sea Fury gurus- Brian & Dennis Sanders at Sanders Aeronautics who are expertly race-prepping their bird accurately back into its original colorful scheme as the very first Sea Fury ever to race as an Unlimited - N878M will again return to competition this year at R2K.

Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: John Tegler Collection / via Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Pilots
Career Stats - Lloyd Hamilton
Jan 14, 2000, 20:19
Lloyd Hamilton Tribute - Career Stats on Baby Gorilla, Furias, and the other aircraft he flew competitively during his racing career.

Article By: Mark Kallio
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Pilots
Lloyd Hamilton Tribute
Jan 14, 2000, 16:16
Some people called him an air racer, others called him a top competitor and one of the best pilots out on the course, and then some just called him a friend - but regardless of what title is used, everyone involved in the sport of Unlimited Class racing is truly saddened by the loss of one of their own - Lloyd Hamilton.

Article By: Mark Kallio
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
 
 
Air Racers : The Pilots
In the Cockpit - Skip Holm
Jan 10, 2000, 08:05
Pylon1 interviews pilot Skip Holm on his racing carreer - as well as talks with Dago Red's crew chief Bill Kerchenfaut, team member Danny Stout, & owner Terry Bland about Team Dago Red's new pilot for R2K and their hopes for a successful race week at Reno this year.

Article By: Mark Kallio
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
F2G Super Corsairs - Part 3: Corncob Corsair Racing Roots
Jan 1, 2000, 14:43
To all those attending or following the results of that first year of Post-WW2 pylon racing at Cleveland, it was obvious by the fighter aircraft types on hand to compete, the event was for the most part - an All-Air Force Show in the racing department. This fact was sorely-noted by the pilot of the only Navy-type there to race: Cook Cleland.... more

Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Hugh Young/Warren M. Bodie, Mark Kallio, Dr. Aaron King, Rob Mears & San Diego Air and Space Museum
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
F2G Super Corsairs - Part 2: "Kamikaze Killer"
Jan 1, 2000, 14:42
In early 1944, after U.S. Naval Intelligence revealed sketchy details of Japanese plans to organize such special attack units, a greater urgency was affirmed regarding an already-established need for a specially-designed carrier-based fighter with great speed and superlative climbing ability to intercept Japanese reconnaissance planes.... more

Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: National Archives, U.S. Navy , & San Diego Air and Space Museum
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
Race #57 Flying A "Full-Circle Through Time" Maneuver
Jan 1, 2000, 14:41
It was almost as if Voodoo's powerful forces had worked up some REAL MAGIC this time, by opening the Door to the Past just long enough to let one of it's own fly through into the Present. There- setting up for final approach for landing on Runway 8, was Ben McKillen's old & bold- #57 F2G Super Corsair racer!

Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Warren M. Bodie, Don "Bucky" Dawson & Hugh Young
 
 
Air Racers : The People
Cleveland Era Racing - The Story of a "Prop Boy"
Oct 8, 1999, 18:24
You ask "what is a prop boy?" Being a prop boy simply didn't just mean that I was the boy who gets out there and hollers "CLEAR" - then stretches with his hands high in the air and pulls the propeller through so the engine of the airplane starts running. A prop boy was.... more

Article By: Chuck Hughes
Photography By: Warren M. Bodie, Chuck Hughes, Mark Kallio, & Hugh Young
 
 
Air Racers : The People
A Quest For Warbirds
Aug 14, 1999, 11:50
The next show in your area is not for another two months, and you just know you'll go stir crazy between now and then if you don't get your warbird fix. So what can you do?

Article By: Mike Lucchesi
Photography By: Mark Kallio
 
 
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