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Griffin-powered Mustangs (RaceplaneTech) [Paperback]

A.Kevin Grantham , Nicholas A. Veronico
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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Specialty Press (Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580070345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580070348
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 26.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,167,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First of a series that takes a look at aircraft designed and modified to race under one of the world's most demanding formats, the Reno Air Races - truly rich man's toys. It looks at Griffon-powered Mustangs, with the evolution of various models, engine development, and unlimited racing results.

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4.0 out of 5 stars good clean warbirds fun 21 Sep 2003
Unlimited class air racing is faster than Formula One car racing and, even better still, has overtaking.
Quite a succession of modified warbirds have graced the Reno air racing circuit over the years. Perhaps the most extensively modified airframes have been the various Griffon powered P-51 Mustangs built for racing.
At this stage more than a few warbird enthusiasts are probably scratching their heads and thinking that only the Merlin and Allison engines have been seen in a P-51 airframe. Not so, however. Griffon engines stayed in continuous RAF service much later than the Merlin- the last Griffon engined Avro Shackeltons only retiring a few years ago- and this has lead to a windfall of spares and technical support for Rolls Royce’s awesome creation.
Griffon Powered Mustangs gives us an interesting insight into the Red Baron, the World Jet (now better known under the name Precious Metal), and the most developed airframe of them all, Miss Ashley II.
The first two aircraft where essentially modifications of existing P-51 airframes (I state this with some reservations, as that understates the huge amount of work involved with the conversion). The awesome Miss Ashley II, however, was something new entirely.
Miss Ashley II had a scratch built fuselage constructed along P-51 lines, and a P-51H style large tail. The sweptback wings and tailplane, however, originated on a Learjet! The whole aircraft was thus pretty new. The powerplant was a surplus Shackelton Griffon, complete with contra-rotating propellers. The aircraft debuted at Reno in 1997, to much adoring attention.
Sadly, Miss Ashley II was lost in a fatal accident a couple of years later. Hopefully we will see something like it again one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must" for aviation buffs 19 Mar 2001
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The debut volume in the new Speciality Press "Raceplane Tech" series, Griffon-Powered Mustangs is a fascinating history of the P-51 Mustang, a once very effective World War II era military aircraft that continues to be a popular crowd pleaser with air racing enthusiasts. These Griffon-powered racers are the peak of liquid-cooled racing technology with the Mustang purpose-built fuselage coupled with the Griffon bringing out the maximum in horsepower with the smallest frontal area of any racing aircraft. A "must" for aviation buffs, Kevin Grantham and Nicholas Veronico's Griffon-Powered Mustangs presents the reader with a profusion of illustrations and photos covering every aspect of the aircraft, a world jet racing history, the griffon engine development, "Unlimited Class Racing Results", and more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enhanced with first-hand interviews 20 Feb 2001
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Griffon-Powered Mustangs is the debut volume in the new Specialty Press "Raceplan Tech" series. The reader is presented with the information on airframe modifications, Griffon engine development, development of Miss Ashley II; world jet racing history; unlimited class racing results and the evolution of the world record-setting Red Baron. The informative text is enhanced with first-hand interviews of engine builders, crew chiefs, and pilots, along with 160 b&w photos and a four-page layout of full color photography. Griffon-Powered Mustangs is an impressive contribution to personal and academic aeronautics collections.
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure Trove of Information! 27 Feb 2013
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"Griffon-Powered Mustangs" is a must have for any air racing aficionado's library. Profusely illustrated with quality black & white, as well as color images, "Griffon-Powered Mustangs" gives an in-depth history of three airframes: N7715C (Miss RJ/Rotofinish Special/Red Baron), World Jet, and Miss Ashley II. The last is not a true Mustang, but a reproduction, but should rightly be included in any book on the subject. The icing on the cake is the inclusion of a chapter on the history of the Rolls Royce Griffon engine (replete with pictures and diagrams), and background on Vendetta, a P-51 pylon racer that greatly influenced the construction of the Miss Ashley II. Any modelling enthusuast (such as myself) wishing to replicate any or all of these air racers, needs to obtain this book. "Griffon-Powered Mustangs" is an informative and entertaining read. Highly recommended!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good and informative but...... 17 Nov 2012
By P. S. Breen - Published on
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Contains lots of interesting information about the planes, teams and pilots. Typical of the Warbird/Raceplane Tech series the drawings aren't very detailed. If the drawings were better I'd give it 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Reference 10 May 2010
By Eric Gallaud - Published on
This book is a reference for the racers powered with Griffon motors.
A lot of nice pictures and technical explanation.
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