Aircraft Hot Rods of the Sky


Reprinted
from:

Kustoms and Chopper
Magazine

Now some of you may be thinking “this
is a Kustom Magazine why is there an article about Aircraft?” Well the other
night I was watching Stacey David’s Gearz and the episode was about an
Aircraft that could be considered a Hot Rod.
Which was the Stearman Model 75, and as for me being into Aviation and
Hot Rodding I really enjoyed this episode. As I was watching it though I
felt that there are a few more Aircraft that could be considered
Hot Rods:

Curtis JN-4 aka the Jenny – The Jenny was the 32 Ford of the
Skies, originally used as the US Trainer in WW1 to train
pilots. However after the War there was a surplus of Jenny’s (why
doesn’t that happen today?) and the US Military had no use for them. So
the US sold them off too pilots for a very low price. In the 20s these Jenny’s became
the Aircraft
of Choice for Barnstormers and Barnstorming! Barnstorming is where
pilots flew from town to town usually landing on Farms to put on
airshows which involved everything from Loops to rolls, to dives, and
other Air Combat maneuvers. Sometimes it would even involve Ariel Stunts
such as wing walking, and even playing tennis on the wing. These planes
were affordable, easily modified and everyone wanted one, making them
the 32 Ford of the skies.

Hey guys you wanna fly on over to the Drive
In?

Gee Bee Model Z/ Model R- The Super Stock aircraft of the skies, they were built
for one thing to win air races! They had custom paint jobs,
streamline body styling and a large Pratt & Whitney engine to
power
them and make be able to race at over 200 MPH! Sadly both of the
originals were destroyed in crashes however a few replicas still
exist.

Lets Race!

Rare Bear- Rare Bear is like a Hemi Powered Willys Gassers of
the
skies. It was once a massed produced (well sort of) F8F Barecat that
started as a wreck
(kind of like a Junkyard wreck) that was found by Lyle
Shelton in the 60s who restored the Aircraft and turned into a Reno Air
Racer. Since then, the Aircraft
has become a Reno Air Racing Icon. It has won several races and in 2006
it sold for $2 million dollars! Rare Bear is capable of 528 MPH and can
climb to almost 10,000FT in 91 seconds, which is better than a stock
F8F! The plane has gone through many changes in both color scheme (paint job) and performance
over the years making it the true Willys of the skies!

What Block you runnin’ Buddy? Any power
adders?

Dago Red- Dago Red is a P-51 Mustang that is the 55 Chevy of
the
skies. It started as one of the many produced P-51s in WWII and Just
after, then it was found in 1981 restored by racer Frank Taylor and made
into a world record Air Racing Aircraft! The plane is has a bright red
paint job with Flames (like a Hot Rod) it is capable of 520 MPH can
climb at 8000FT per min and has won the National Air Racing Championship
6 times! This is a true Hot Rod of the Skies!

This Rod should be on Pass
Time!

Hughes H-1 Racer- Howard Hughes’ Hot Rod of the Skies, it was
like a Custom Bonneville car of the skies. This plane was a custom built
aircraft
built for one thing to go fast and it was damn good at doing that! The
H-1 Racer was capable of a max speed of 352 MPH, and it held a
transcontinental flight record of
flying of flying from Los Angeles to New York nonstop in just over 7
Hours! The plane is believed to be the inspiration for fighter Aircraft
such as the P-47, the FW-190 and the Japanese Zero which is believed to
be almost a copy.

Why is it in Hot Rodding, when one guy builds
something good everyone copies it?

Some of you that are into aviation are probably thinking there
are more Aircraft that could be considered Hot Rods and if you know any
please leave it as a comment blow. If you don’t know any, just comment
below and tell me what you think.

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