What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 28, 2009
The winning-est Bearcat in race history gets a tow to the runway for Saturday’s heat. Rare Bear (the cover story of the November 2009 issue of Air & Space) brought a new paint scheme, a stirring history, and lots of heart to the Unlimited Gold, but not a race engine. Flying with a stock engine, pilot John Penny wrung an average 479 mph out of the legendary racer, enough speed for second place.