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    Default Does anyone have any info on the Gulfhawk IV replica?

    About 3 years ago or so I remember seeing somewhere that someone was in the process of rebuilding the Gulfhawk IV Bearcat replica that had crash landed several years earlier in Oshkosh. Do any of you know if that project was ever finished? It's amazing how little info there is on this plane, or even just the Gulfhawk IV in general...usually the internet has endless amounts of info on any subject, but not for this plane. There is almost no info for the G-58A, and the only thing I could find on the replica was a 3 year old discussion in some forum. There's quite a bit of info available on Gulfhawk II, but next to nothing on the Bearcat version....

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    Default Re: Does anyone have any info on the Gulfhawk IV replica?

    The last info I heard was that it is owned by Steve Hinton and being restored to stock (i.e. second seat removed).
    Subject to revision if anyone knows more, or better info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo View Post
    The last info I heard was that it is owned by Steve Hinton and being restored to stock (i.e. second seat removed).
    Subject to revision if anyone knows more, or better info.
    Stock as in the Gulfhawk version, or the combat version? There's a huge difference....

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    Default Re: Does anyone have any info on the Gulfhawk IV replica?

    I saw it at Chino last month...it is still a LONG ways from flying. It was stuffed in a hanger behind a few other planes. It's on it's gear, but there is nothing forward of the firewall, no tail, no control surfaces on the wings, no canopy, no paint, no nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big_Jim View Post
    I saw it at Chino last month...it is still a LONG ways from flying. It was stuffed in a hanger behind a few other planes. It's on it's gear, but there is nothing forward of the firewall, no tail, no control surfaces on the wings, no canopy, no paint, no nothing.
    That's how it looked 3 years ago...must not be working on it...

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    Default Re: Does anyone have any info on the Gulfhawk IV replica?

    The little mention of it attached to a picture (may have been Air classics or on-line I don't remember) was just that the seat was to be eliminated and it taken back to "stock". It looked in the picture like described above.
    Personally I would love to see the Gulfhawk paint on it again as I always thought it a neat scheme. Not my toy though.

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    Default Re: Does anyone have any info on the Gulfhawk IV replica?

    This was as close as I got to it....over the nose of the Panther, under the tarp.
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    I was lucky enough to see her at Tracy several years ago. What a beautiful airplane. I thiink I read somewhere were the original was never a military airplane, but was built specially for Gulf Oil. The only Bearcat built for the civil market.......has anyone else read that? I was at Chino a year ago or so, and I believe fighter rebuilders were woring on the fuselage. It was upside down in a jig. One of the gentleman there told me it was the Gulf Hawk. I do hope they put it back to the Gulf Hawk paint sheme/color too.
    Brian

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    Default Re: Does anyone have any info on the Gulfhawk IV replica?

    Hello, the Bearcat was flown by a civilian, I can not remember his name. I n the book Forever Flying, about Bob Hoover, he talked about the Gulfhawk, as the Blue Angels were flying them at the time.

    The gentleman that ordered it flew it only a couple times.
    The aircraft did not have any wartime armament, I believe it was about 600 lbs. lighter, and all 2800.
    I recall in the book he admitted the aircraft was to much for him.

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    Default Re: Does anyone have any info on the Gulfhawk IV replica?

    Quote Originally Posted by Warbirds45 View Post
    Hello, the Bearcat was flown by a civilian, I can not remember his name. I n the book Forever Flying, about Bob Hoover, he talked about the Gulfhawk, as the Blue Angels were flying them at the time.

    The gentleman that ordered it flew it only a couple times.
    The aircraft did not have any wartime armament, I believe it was about 600 lbs. lighter, and all 2800.
    I recall in the book he admitted the aircraft was to much for him.
    Just an observation, but Gulfhawks I-IV were all flown by Al Williams. Al was the Chief Test Pilot for the United States Navy. He also won the 1923 Pulitzer trophy race. He is credited with discovering/introducing "dive ing" for the Navy in the mid 1920's. After he retired from the Navy he was the Chief Pilot for Gulf Oil Company....and all the Gulf Hawks were used as aerobatic aircraft at major airshows all over the world. During WWII General Hap Arnold personally asked Williams to tour the various Navy and Army Air Corps training bases to demonstrate precision flying and aerobatics...something he did at his own expense.

    My guess is you're confusing the Gulfhawk and Williams with someone else. The Gulfhawk IV was one of two 'civilian' G-58's built, and Williams was a master at displaying it. I can't really see a man of Williams stature saying that the bearcat was 'too much for him'.

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