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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Been out of touch - would anyone please update me?

    Any old photos of "American Spirit" to post again?
    Lockheed Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockheed Bob View Post
    Any old photos of "American Spirit" to post again?
    Here are some racer pics
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    Thanks for the photos. It looks like it could have been fast if it could of handled a PW-4360.
    Lockheed Bob

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    Could still be some cool chit someday... I fear the era of guys with megabux trying to break records might be gone...

    What we need is an air race fanatic to win the biggest lottery ever!

    Who's ready to step up and buy that darn ticket!!

    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AAFO_WSagar View Post
    Could still be some cool chit someday... I fear the era of guys with megabux trying to break records might be gone...

    What we need is an air race fanatic to win the biggest lottery ever!

    Who's ready to step up and buy that darn ticket!!

    The next time someone does something like this, (and they eventually will), I expect it will be carbon fiber and Kevlar layed up over cnc machined blocks of foam glued together. That way you could get compound curves a lot easier than you could with sheet metal, like Jon Sharp did with Nemesis.

    This was the last of the scratch-built sheet-metal radial engine powered racers that Bruce Boland helped design, and very may well be the last serious attempt to get to the 600 MPH mark with a piston engine. It also had the best wing to be able to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toldjaso View Post
    The next time someone does something like this, (and they eventually will), I expect it will be carbon fiber and Kevlar layed up over cnc machined blocks of foam glued together. That way you could get compound curves a lot easier than you could with sheet metal, like Jon Sharp did with Nemesis.

    This was the last of the scratch-built sheet-metal radial engine powered racers that Bruce Boland helped design, and very may well be the last serious attempt to get to the 600 MPH mark with a piston engine. It also had the best wing to be able to do it.
    Is that a T-2 wing or a custom airfoil?

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    I among all of you would've loved to see it fly, but in another sense I'm somewhat relieved that they moved it out of the hangar to make room for the worlds fastest sea fury to have a roof over its head. 232 has a chance to fly and race again unlike the Cornell racer and it's good to know that it won't be sitting outside rotting away especially when winter rolls around again. That plane doesn't deserve to be outside and it's nice to know that the decision was made to put it inside for the time being.
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    Reno from '99 to '19

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    Is that one of Larry's 3350 mounts on "American spirit"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomtown View Post
    Is that a T-2 wing or a custom airfoil?
    T-2 wing with non-funtioning flaps, reflexed and fixed in position.

    The fuselage aft of the cockpit is T-2, with 2 feet clipped off the top of the vertical fin and rudder, and also rounded out on the bottom where the engines and exhaust were on the T-2. And a raised turtledeck added to the top.

    In the long run, it is easier to do the whole thing from scratch, (like Tsunami), than it is to try to "cut and paste" sections and pieces and parts from existing airframes and make them work. The load paths can get real screwy, for one thing. Then you end up adding more weight, to beef it up, so it will stay together in the air under load.
    Last edited by toldjaso; 08-16-2015 at 11:27 AM.

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    Paul Varga posted on FB that the engine is "done" and should be en-route to Stead. Also that they have been working on the engine since last November...

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