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I just want to give an update on Steven Hinton, Jr’s (Steve-O’s) upcoming attempt at breaking the piston-powered, three-kilometer world-speed record in Voodoo as I know it. We are all fans of Steve-O Hinton and Voodoo. If anybody (and I am sure there are quite a number) has some more-informed information, please correct me. I don’t want to sound like a know-it-all because I am not but I have an engineering background. The record attempt will occur later this month in Idaho. This is all based on information I heard today from Steve Hinton, Steve-O’s dad. The record is currently held by Lyle Shelton in the highly modified Grumman F8F Bearcat “Rare Bear” at 528.33 mph. Based on my knowledge, even though the P-51 had one of the most advanced and capable wing designs of WWII, it really is probably not capable of speeds required to break the current world speed record at the altitude range required for a record attempt even given the big horsepower of the current Merlin-engine race designs. But based on analyses provided by Voodoo’s new sponsor, Aviation Partners, Inc., the wing configuration of Voodoo has been substantially changed. Look up Aviation Partner’s background on Google and you will see why they are capably involved in this effort. Based on my info and personal engineering experience with LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) analyses in other engineering fields, Voodoo’s wing was mapped and analyzed using this method. The fascinating result (at least to me) was that Voodoo’s wing was very recently thickened near the wing roots and tapered off toward the wingtips. This is a radical departure from the original design. Steve Hinton, within the last week, flew with his son, Steve-O with Steve in the PoF F-86 Sabre and Steve-O in Voodoo. In his maneuvering around Voodoo in the F-86, Steve reported that Voodoo appeared to fly beautifully with zero visible trim-tab deflection on any control surface which is a very good indicator of aerodynamic and control-surface harmony plus low drag. I know at least some of the airspeeds that were attained but I am not going to reveal them in the interest of having some fun here, but the airspeeds were more than substantial, eek! Steve reported “vapor clouds” above Voodoo’s wings at times during the test run which may have never been seen before on a Mustang. Go Steve-O and go Voodoo on the speed-record attempt! Below is a very recent photo of Voodoo from Bernie Vasquez's recent post.
originally posted by: thebozeian
a reply to: Blackfinger
I'll say he will beat 550mph pretty quickly. Personally I always loved the Mustang, particularly the H and L models. Apparently those who have had the opportunity to fly a wide variety of WWII models say the Spit had the most beautiful handling, probably as a result of the unique wing.
From the first prototype delivery to the U.S. Navy in 1940, to final delivery in 1953 to the French, 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured, in 16 separate models, in the longest production run of any piston-engined fighter in U.S. history (1942–53).
Vought F4U Corsair
Some Japanese pilots regarded it as the most formidable American fighter of World War II, and the U.S. Navy counted an 11:1 kill ratio with the F4U Corsair.
originally posted by: thebozeian
a reply to: hounddoghowlie
Actually for the majority of the war the F4U was an expensive to manufacture, delayed in development and deployment and at times unreliable POS. It only came into its own later in its life after a lot of work in particular by the RN FAA and Marines before finally excelling, although ironically it was far better as a land based fighter than its original mission of carrier born aircraft.
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: Pyle
Wow! What a beast! Damn to think that tech was within reach in the 1940s