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    Lightbulb Corsair F4U...any of them racing ?

    Hi !

    Seeing yesterday this Zenos video of flying a Corsair :

    http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/F4U.html

    I suddenly realized that them are no longer racing...ever ?

    rgds,

    Juke

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    Default Re: Corsair F4U...any of them racing ?

    No, Juke. The last Corsair to race was the F4U-1 "Super Corsair" that crashed @ Phoenix in 1994.

    I'm wracking my brain trying to think about this, but the 'best' Corsair year had to have been 1984. "Super Corsair", "Big Richard", Blue Max", "Old Blue", and "Wart Hog". And I think all of them qualified and raced, too.

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    Hello Speeddemon,

    Wasn't it Super Corsair that caught fire ? Pilot baled out.
    I think I saw a pic of that back then.

    rgds,

    Juke

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    Default Re: Corsair F4U...any of them racing ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Juke
    Hello Speeddemon,

    Wasn't it Super Corsair that caught fire ? Pilot baled out.
    I think I saw a pic of that back then.

    rgds,

    Juke

    Ya shoulda been there, scary sight!!

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    Default Re: Corsair F4U...any of them racing ?

    Yeah, the radio transmissions are pretty bone-chilling too.

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    Default Re: Corsair F4U...any of them racing ?

    I saw the Super Corsair's final moments on a television show well before I heard about it....It really hit the ground hard!

    I was so bummed to find out that such a fine and unique bird was gone forever....Thank God that kevin was able to escape (though he was badly injured in the process).

    A very good write-up of the unfortunate event can be read here:

    http://www.warbirdaeropress.com/articles/bail_out.html




    The stock corsairs added a nice element to the races...A shame that we don't see even one out there at Stead anymore....Maybe someday we will be "blessed" again.

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    Default Re: Corsair F4U...any of them racing ?

    ya, i have that segment on realtv recorded, flames over 100 feet long!

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    Matt,

    That is a hazardous situation..the toxic fumes enter the cockpit too and temperatures are high.
    Looking at that Septemper Props mayday video...it is evident that the pilot is pulling up all the altitude he can to ensure he has enuf altitude to bail out in case the fire intensifies...am I right ?

    rgds,

    Juke

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    Default Re: Corsair F4U...any of them racing ?

    since i'm not a pilot, or race pilot for that matter i honestly don't know. i can only say that if i were in that situation i would trade speed for altitude for two reasons, to slow down to land, and by time to decide what runway would be best to land on. it's also my understanding that the pilots are asked to land on runway 32 or 8 (depending on where they are on the course)so as to keep 14 and 26 open for the other planes.

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    Does anyone know where the remaings of the airframe are now, if there was anything left of it?

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