- Paperback: 100 pages
- Publisher: Specialty Press (Nov. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1580070345
- ISBN-13: 978-1580070348
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.6 x 27.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,256,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Griffin-powered Mustangs (RaceplaneTech) Paperback – 1 Nov 2000
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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A lot of nice pictures and technical explanation.