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F1 Racing Wwii Planes, What Do U Think?

Sun Jan 20, 2002 5:14 am

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?

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RE: F1 Racing Wwii Planes, What Do U Think?

Sun Jan 20, 2002 9:33 am

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.
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RE: F1 Racing Wwii Planes, What Do U Think?

Sun Jan 20, 2002 10:17 am

I believe that there are a couple of Spitfires or Hurricanes in the Reno Air Races.
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RE: F1 Racing Wwii Planes, What Do U Think?

Sun Jan 20, 2002 5:38 pm

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.
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RE: F1 Racing Wwii Planes, What Do U Think?

Tue Jan 22, 2002 9:25 pm

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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