And the win­ners are…

Pilot - - OLD TIMERS -

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

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