Thread: 'BUCK SHOTS'

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    Default Re: 'BUCK SHOTS'

    love those pics Bucky, im a huge fan of your work, love the first one with the Mate chasing the bearcat...
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    Thumbs up Re: 'BUCK SHOTS'

    Thanks Kiwi. You really do need to find a way to make it across the Big Pacific Pond to take in the air races!

    DBD

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    "Sunset Arrival".........

    Reno '81 NCAR- Jimmy Leeward & his P-51D Mustang Racer #9- 'Cloud Dancer' arrive at Stead Field right at sundown.

    DBD
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuckyD View Post
    Thanks Kiwi. You really do need to find a way to make it across the Big Pacific Pond to take in the air races!

    DBD
    Bucky It is the top thing on my bucket list..... Im currently trying to perfect a money tree so i can plant it and watch it grow and never have to worry about money again hahaha
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    "Comin' by Grumman!"

    Chino Planes of Fame Airshow-"Salute to Grumman"/Sat. 5-16-09:

    Two classic navy "Grumman Ironworks" biplanes make a close formation flypast for airshow fans- J2F-6 Duck amphibian & F3F-2 carrier fighter.

    "Keep 'Em Flyin'!"

    DBD
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    *** POLAR BEAR ***

    Gerry Gabe's beautiful OD/NG razorback P-51A #25- 'Polar Bear' is captured at Reno '09 NCAR.

    Veteran test/race pilot- Dave Morss has been her racing jockey since PB's Reno '05 Unlimited Class debut, w/a 2nd-place finish in that year's UNL Bronze @ 334.400-av/mph. The following year Team Polar Bear came back & won the Reno '06 Bronze final (@344.211). Race fans were stoked to see 'em racing again last Sept. at Reno, & Dave drove P-Bear up into Sunday's UNL Silver final f/a 7th-pl. finish @ 336.219-av/mph.

    S/N 43-6006 earned her 'Polar Bear' moniker via her WW2 assignment to Ladd Field's USAAF Cold Weather Test Detachment located near Fairbanks, Alaska. She crashed 2/16/44 on a mountain by Summit, AK. & was recovered in 1977 by Waldon 'Moon' Spillers f/an 8-year restoration project. First post-restoration flight was made in 1985 & Gerry Gabe aquired the Allison-powered Mustang ten years later, and bases her today at Hollister, CA.

    DBD

    (Being an Alaskan, I'm particularly fond of P-Bear f/obvious reasons + one of her WW2 Cold WX Test unit pilots was my late friend- Randy Acord of Fairbanks,-pictured here w/his lovely wife- Marion, in front of their FB home in Oct. '87.)
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    Probably a lot more "D" there than "A" but a very nice looking aircraft.
    Before the mega-restorations of the rarer variants that we see nowadays it was almost the only game in town.
    The pictures of the crash scene show little left for Spillers to start with!

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    "A Different Shape in the Sky"- Miller Pusher F-1 Racers

    The totally radical-looking Jim Miller pusher designs that competed in the Formula One/IFM Racing Class during years past, always drew alot of attention w/their striking futuristic-yet-retro Buck Rogers lines that really made them stand out against the competition. They were certainly amongst my personal favorite raceplanes to watch & photograph in action.

    Here's a photo tribute gallery to these mighty 'little Miller gems'....

    Photos (L-R/Top to bottom):

    1 & 2. Race #73-"Texas Gem" (N74M) was Jim Miller's first pusher racer design, which he debuted in 1973 & raced up thru the Reno '86 F-1 Gold. First B&W pic captures #73 rounding a pylon chasing Dusty Dowd's #5-"Illusion",-during Reno '80's Formula One Consolation Race on Sunday-9/14/80. The second shot's a color profile of Texas Gem on rollout during the race horse start of Reno '84's F-1 Heat #6 on 9/15/84.

    Miller sold #73 to Errol Roberson, who raced it as #73- "Puffin" at Reno '87, '88 & '89 (-when Roberson & #73 were tragically lost during HT-2A after colliding w/a dust devil crossing the racecourse).

    3. 'The Man Himself'- Jim Miller is seen up onstage during the Reno '91 NCAR Awards Banquet, collecting his F-1 Gold 2nd-Place Trophy from Miss Reno '91 Amanda Allman & Jennifer Eckert-Miss Reno '90. Miller's racing career started in 1949 at Cleveland in the Goodyear Midget Class. Later on, in 1959-60, Jim won consecutive 190 c.i. championships flying #14 "Li'l Gem" & re-entered competition in 1973 w/his Texas Gem pusher. Jim Miller finally won his First-Place Formula One Gold Championship Trophy @ Reno '90 flying his famous #14-"Pushy Cat" (-featured in the next group of photos). Jim Miller passed-away 2/11/03.

    4-5-6. Jim Miller's Race #14-"Pushy Cat" (N414M), pictured here @ Reno '98,-was a sleeker & smaller-scaled pusher design version of his Texas Gem, which Jim successfully-raced from '87 thru '99. Incorporating a fully-retractable steerable nose gear for his tiny-nosed pigmy pushers was an incredible engineering feat f/Miller as a designer.

    7. The final variant, was the Miller-Bohannan JM-2 Special- Race #89-"Pushy Galore" (N189BB), shown on the Stead Field ramp at sunset @ Reno '97. Built in 1988 for owner/pilot-Bruce Bohannan, it began racing the following year w/some degree of success for almost a decade, until Bruce retired the plane after Reno '98. Pushy Galore set numerous class speed dash & time-to-climb records during its' remarkable sportplane career. Bohannan donated N189BB to the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, WI.

    8-9-10-11. Four photos showing #89-"Pushy Galore" in action @ Reno '98 NCAR. The 9/20/98 Formula One Gold start shot includes both Bohannan in #89 & Jim Miller in #14,-competing w/their Miller pushers in their last race. The last pic in this bunch shows Bohannan & #89 ahead of Holbrook Maslen flying his Shoestring- #44-"Judy's Turn" - a great comparison shot of Miller's radical concept vs. the more standard conventional F-1 raceplane design.

    12-13-14. "Golden Age vs. Modern Era!" -A trio of 9/16/98 pics capture Bruce Bohannan in #89-"Pushy Galore" engaging Delmar Benjamin's #7 Gee Bee R-2 replica racer in a closed-course pylon racing demo duel @ Reno f/a dramatic 'then & now' comparison of radically-different aircraft design formulas: light-weight low-profile/low drag vs. vintage brute horsepower aerodynamics!

    15. Sun. 9/20/98-Reno NCAR F-1 Gold Championship- Bruce Bohannan & #89 pass by the pylon on their final lap of air racing,-ending the racing history of the Miller F-1 Pushers. (Note: there's been some rumors that the current owner of #14 Pushy Cat might return the racer back into competition in the future. I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed for that potential happening!)

    DBD
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    Very cool Bucky... That would be amazing to watch.. Wish I had been able to ..

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    What I remember about the Gee Bee vs. Pushy Galore "demonstration" race was the Delmar's cockpit never got above pylon hieght. Wow!
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