Jetrader - Winter 2015 - (Page 34)

Old Guys Rule The 52nd Annual Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show Article and photos by Bert van Leeuwen Vampire finished first with a speed of 502 mph, with L-39 Fast Company close on its heels doing 501 mph. Warbird versus Pure Racer. "Smoke on" - Breitling demo team. Rare Bear finishes second in the Unlimited category. Bear versus Voodoo. 34 The official publication of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading I It is not often in the world of fast motorsports that the winner's podium is dominated by over 55s. At 47, Al Unser was the oldest driver to win the Indianapolis 500 race in 1987. Luigi Fagioli drove his Alfa Romeo to victory in the 1951 French Formula 1 Grand Prix at age 53. On two wheels, the oldest rider to win a 500cc Grand Prix race was Fergus Anderson, who was 44 years old when he won the Spanish Grand Prix in 1953 riding a Moto Guzzi. The oldest NASCAR winner ... well, who cares. The first, second and third on the podium of the "Unlimited" category during the 2015 Reno Air Races beat all these other champions hands down. Not only in terms of absolute speed (488.983 mph), but also in terms of age. Third on the podium, flying the 1957 built, re-engined Hawker Sea Fury T Mk20, Dreadnought, was 56-year-old Dennis Sanders from Lone, California. Second on the podium, flying the always-popular 1940s-built Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat, Rare Bear, was Stewart Dawson, 61 years old, of Celina, Texas. The champion, in many respects, however, flying the 1945-built North American P-51D Mustang, Strega, was Robert "Hoot" Gibson at 69 years old from Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Gibson is a graduate from the Navy Fighter Weapons School, also known as Top Gun. He was also a U.S. Naval Test Pilot but is probably best known as an astronaut who flew five Space Shuttle missions: STS-41-B in 1984, STS-61-C in 1986, STS-27 in 1988, STS-47 in 1992 and STS-71 in 1995. The Unlimited and Warbirds class is, without a doubt, the most popular of the Reno races. This class can be split into (i) heavily modified pure racers and (ii) warbirds that come closer to the original aircraft designs. In the category of pure racers, generally capable of average speeds over 400 mph, we

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Jetrader - Winter 2015

A Message from the President
Q&A: John Grant, Senior Analyst, OAG
ISTAT Europe: A High-Flying Success
The ISTAT Quarterback
State of the Regions: Asia & Middle East
Old Guys Rule
ISTAT Foundation Sponsors Herb Kelleher Trophy
Trend Watching
Aviation History
Aircraft Appraisals
ISTAT Foundation
Advertiser Index

Jetrader - Winter 2015