Rare Bear – The wrecked F8F-2 Bearcat that became Air Racing’s winningest Unlimited racer

One hundred feet above the Mojave Desert, Lyle Shelton fought to control his famed F8F-2 Bearcat. “The Spirit of ’77,” as the racer was known at the time, was on a qualifying lap, rounding the 8.5-mile racecourse at close to 420 mph. Mac McClain, flying the Rolls-Royce Griffon-powered “Red Baron” RB-51, had already qualified ahead … Continue reading Rare Bear – The wrecked F8F-2 Bearcat that became Air Racing’s winningest Unlimited racer