And the winners are…
Douglas C-41A N341A triumphed at the Goodwood Revival on 6-8 September, winning the Freddie March Spirit of Aviation
Concours d’elegance. The very rare eighty-year-old DC-3 variant had been in Europe since May, having crossed the Atlantic for the D-day 75 events at Duxford and Normandy, and then stayed on while most other US participants returned home.
A re-engined DC-3A fitted with military cockpit equipment and a re-configured cabin, the C-41A served as Major General Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold’s personal transport. With barely 9,500 hours on its airframe, N341A is among today’s lowesttime airworthy DC-3S. It is operated by Golden Age Air Tours based at Sonoma, California.
Another natural metal finish concours participant, Luscombe Silvaire 8E G-LUSC (see October’s
‘Old Timers’), took second place, while David Bremner’s Bristol Scout replica came in third (not shiny enough to win at Goodwood? - Ed).
The following weekend, reports Frank Mormillo, the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air
Races were held at Reno, Nevada. A dozen warbirds showed up at Stead Field to compete in the Unlimited Air Races, with five progressing to the final Silver Race, and six flying in the Unlimited Gold Race. For the second consecutive year, and fourth time overall, the Sanders Aircraft, Inc R-4360-powered Hawker Sea Fury T20 Dreadnought charged to a decisive Unlimited Gold victory. Dennis Sanders flew Dreadnought at an average speed of 403.274 mph for eight laps around the eight-mile unlimited course.
Magnificent C-41A N341A shone at Goodwood and, as here, at Duxford
Reno Unlimited Gold winner again this year was ‘Mr Sea Fury’, Dennis Sanders