Sightings: Hazy’s Hits

A photo gallery of airplanes at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

(Dane A. Penland)

Bearcat

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(Dane A. Penland)

A larger propeller, shorter wings, and putty-filled gaps mark this heavily modified Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat named Conquest, which broke a 30-year-old speed record for piston-powered airplanes in 1969 when National Air Races serial champion Darryl Greenamyer flew it 483 miles an hour. Though that record has since fallen to another Bearcat, Rare Bear, Greenamyer won the Reno air races six times with Conquest, which he donated to the Smithsonian in 1977.

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