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F1 Racing Wwii Planes, What Do U Think?  
User currently offlineSchreiner From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 960 posts, RR: 2
Posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3480 times:

Hi folks,

What do you guys think about the upgraded WWII planes which flies in races (in the US For example)? Are those planes to worthfull to upgrade and fly to their limits? Or is it just me thinking it's very shamefull to rebuild these beautilfull WWII a/c?

What's YOUR opinion?

Best regards, (and cheers)  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineRodrigo Santos From Brazil, joined Sep 2001, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3425 times:

My opinion is that you could take a vintage ww2 fighter and transform is, IF it exists in large quantities, like the P-51. Others, like early marks Spitfires, Bf-109´s, Fw-190, should be conserved.

User currently offlinePPGMD From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2453 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3414 times:

I believe that there are a couple of Spitfires or Hurricanes in the Reno Air Races.

At worst, you screw up and die.
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30410 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (14 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3402 times:

There really hasn't been a WWII fighter converted to an airracer since the 1960's when there where lots of them around.

All of the radically modified ones where done long before that. As these aircraft get rarer and rarer you will see some of them converted back to WWII standard as their value increases.

These aircraft are just too expensive to convert to racers today. The future lies with aircraft such as the Pond Racer and Tsunami. Unfortunatly both of these racing aircraft where destroyed in crashes.

User currently offlineCkw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 813 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (14 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 3377 times:

Tricky one - these days the cost of using a WWII fighter for racing would be enormous as these have increased in value astronomically. However, had it not been for the post-war racing fraternity grabbing up and preserving engines and spare parts before they went to scrap, the warbird restoration scene would be in a much poorer state today.

No, I would not like to see anymore warbirds modified out of all recognition for racing, but I recognise and appreciate the benefits unlimited racing has bestowed on the warbird community.



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