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AIR RACE UPDATE: MONDAY 9-11

STEAD AIRPORT (Sept. 11) – Air Race, day one, well things were a bit quiet although some were busy qualifying their racing aircraft for the battles to come.

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VooDoo’s raw power during an engine test Monday morning.

Sitting on the ramp testing its engine was Voodoo, now the fastest piston powered, propeller driven aircraft on the planet. Although it didn’t break the record set by Rare Bear it did the fastest pass in its attempt.

To set a new record the aircraft has to do four passes along a course and be at least 1% faster than the previous record holder. They almost did it but not quite still Steve Hinton made the fastest pass ever flown.

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More of the raw power that Voodoo has.

I understand it wasn’t qualified and might need an engine change. Strega was in its pits with the crew working on that motor so we’ll see.

Both aircraft only have through Wednesday morning to get qualified for this year’s races.

Saddest sight to see was Rare Bear sitting on display again. Due to its owner’s divorce proceedings it won’t fly this year and I understand might be up for sale. Sure would be nice to see it in the air once again.

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Sadly Rare Bear is still grounded and won’t fly again this year at the Air Races.

There was quite a collection of aircraft in the pits and on the ramp today. Tomorrow hope to have more shots as well as some qualifying times.

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