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  • Originally posted by wingman View Post

    Yeah, I guess I do give Brad kudoes for this, and probably sounded more dismissive than I intended. However, I've never heard of the Squire boat here or elsewhere, and I know next to nothing about racing the fast boats anyway. I have no idea what kind of motor might be in the Squire boat. I know so little here -- I really didn't know what to be impressed with and Brad's post told me nothing...
    Neal, BCIV asked me to come and add a bit to my poke at him. That boat is the 1979 "Squire Shop" Unlimited Hydroplane. It is one of 16 runnable restorations the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum (of which, I am the Deputy Director) has done since 1993. We spent six years and a lot of cubic dollars restoring it to original condition. It is powered by a Rolls Merlin. The photo was from a test session we had on Lake Washington, in Seattle, on Tuesday where I was testing a new propeller in preparation for our multi-boat exhibitions that we will be putting on at races this summer.

    For whatever its worth, over the years Dave Zeuschel, Pete Law, Dixon Smith, Randy Scoville and Dwight Thorne--all engine and systems gurus in the air racing world--were players in these same Unlimited hydroplanes.

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    • Speedy...re-defining the term Surface Warfare!!! Excellent work, Brad! I lost interest with the heavies when they switched to suck and blows...racing wasn't the same! I'm so glad you folks are showing what people are missing!
      Eddie's Airplane Patch-Birthplace of the "Sonic Boom".......and I'm reminded every friggin' day!

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      • I guess I am too, now that I know what we're talking about. I'm not a big fan of water at best -- I prefer it in front of me mixed with Bourbon rather than under me or around me. A lovely engine though -- now that I can relate to!

        I think the big boats were pretty much history by the time I came along in the late 1970s. I did appreciate the boat history in Air Racing from Bardahl through Lyford and Thorn to Bill Stead etc etc. but for midwestern me it was all just stuff I read about in the history books.

        Remember I grew up in the woods -- makes for a rather provincial outlook compared to you Seattle city slickers...

        Neal
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        • This really was a very special Mustang...


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          • And another, from Bakersfield Click image for larger version

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            • I like Bearcats


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              • Originally posted by wingman View Post
                I'm glad this thread is rumbling along in my unexpected and entirely unintentional absence. I've enjoyed the thread and it would be a shame if it went away...

                I always have thought the P-63F was one of the most beautiful Warbirds. It had a 35 year racing history, though it was never raced frequently or hard. Actually its beauty was not perfect -- there were some bad angles.

                Neal


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                Some data of P-63s recently popped up in Tube:

                Mark Allen gives us a detailed walkaround tour of the CAF's P-63 Kingcobra.


                Disliked in the West and sent in large numbers to the Soviet Union, the Bell P-63 Kingcobra ended up seeing little action during World War Two and, consequen...
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                • 1969 ... (Hal Loomis photo)
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                  • 1966... (Eric Everill photo)
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                    • 1970 (Eric Everill)
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                      • 1970 again... (John Tegler collection)
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                        • Unlimited pilot... (John Tegler collection)
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                          • Reno 1975 (Ran Slaten photo)
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                            • Reno 1975 (John Tegler photo)
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                              • Originally posted by Jan View Post
                                Reno 1975 (John Tegler photo)
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                                That looks like the Mojave ramp when it used to be in Reno.
                                John Slack

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