Is Winning Everything?
For an air racing legend named Rare Bear, yes.
- By Diane Tedeschi
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 29, 2009
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All things considered, Rare Bear’s second place finish is impressive, but I can’t help wonder what might have been if the Bear’s hybrid monster of an engine had been ready on race day. “Every team out here in the Unlimited class wants to win,” says team manager Redick. “Second place is not where any true race team would like to be. We truly believe that we could have beaten the pack with our hybrid race engine.” Rare Bear’s hybrid R-3350 would have added 15 to 20 mph to the Bearcat’s race speed of 479.088, making it the fastest aircraft in the field. Of course even with the fastest aircraft, Penney would have had to find a way to get around Hinton’s brilliant flying of Strega, but at least Penney would have had a better shot with a more powerful engine.
Redick says the team will continue flying and fine-tuning their aircraft during the off-season and that the Bear will be back next year: “bigger, badder, and faster.” I don’t know about you, but I haven’t given up on that Hollywood ending.