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Reno Race #77 Rare Bear (autographed by Reno Pilot: Lyle Shelton) ~ 35% Off ~ Free Shipping

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Frame Size: 21" x 23" .... autographed in Pencil by; Reno Pilot; Lyle Shelton. Comes with a COA.


Reno Race #77 "Rare Bear"

Lyle Shelton began racing the Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat ‘Rare Bear’ in 1969 after attending Reno the  previous years in borrowed aircraft. The aircraft came fifth in 1969, coming at just over 356 mph powered by an R-3350 radial.

 Modifications to the Wright R-3350 on Rare Bear, include a nose case designed for a slow-turning prop, taken from a R-3350 used on the Lockheed L-1649 Starliner, mated to the power section (crankcase, crank, pistons, and cylinders) taken from a R-3350 used on the Douglas DC-7. The supercharger is taken from a R-3350 used on the Lockheed EC-121 and the engine is fitted with Nitrous Oxide injection. Normal rated power of a stock R-3350 is 2,800 horsepower (2,100 kW) at 2,600 rpm and 45 inHg (150 kPa) of manifold pressure. With these modifications, Rare Bear's engine produces 4,000 horsepower (3,000 kW) at 3,200 rpm and 80 inHg (270 kPa) of manifold pressure and 4,500 horsepower (3,400 kW) with Nitrous Oxide injection.

 Wins include:

Cape May (1971) at 360 mph
Miami (1971) at 373 mph
Reno (1973) at 428 mph
Mojave (1973) at 396 mph
Reno (1975) at 429 mph
Hamilton (1988) at 412 mph
Reno (1988) at 456 mph
Reno (1989) at 474 mph

In August 1989 Rare Bear pushed the world piston aircraft 3-km (1.86mile) speed record to 528.329 mph, flown by Lyle Shelton at Las Vegas, New Mexico.Further attempts to extend this record were planned.

Externally the aeroplane looks stock type, apart from its clipped wings. Its colour is basically white with an ochre or purple cowling/fuselage stripe. On the vertical tail is an appropriate Mustang-crushing bear cartoon.

Rare Bear
Span: clipped from 10.92 m (35 It 10 in)
Length: 8.61 m (28 ft 3 in)
Powerplant: 1 x Wright R-3350 Cyclone 18, 2610 kW (3,800 hp)
Max TO weight: about 3175 kg (7,000 lb)
Max speed: 528.329 mph at low altitude


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