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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Airplane in a picture, era 1952, experimental wrote on side
« Reply #15 on: September 02, 2015, 10:26:47 PM »

In e-mail, someone asked who manufactured "Little Spook."

As I understand it, the Goodyear racers were homebrew.

There were evidently some builders who had several planes entered in the races, but I can't see any evidence of a normal commercial manufacturer building them for sale.

From AirRace.com:

Goodyear Trophy Race
 

 "The new light plane race sponsored by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. of Akron Ohio
 was an immediate success, most of the 2.2 mile race course was in view of the stands.
 The  idea for the midget-plane  was thought  up at the 1939 pre-war Cleveland National
 Air Races but did  not go  beyond the idea stage due to the war in Europe. The rules for
this  race were  written for the "back-yard  mechanic" without a  lot of  money  to  spend.
 The design had to be built around  a  stock  85 hp engine,  fixed  pitched  propeller and
 a non-retractable  landing gear. Due to  the large number of entries the race was run in
 elimination  heats of 10 laps,  semi-final heats of 15 laps and final race consisted of 25
 laps around the short rectangular course."

The class is now known as "Formula One Air Racing."



LTM,

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John Yasenko

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Re: Airplane in a picture, era 1952, experimental wrote on side
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2015, 07:21:40 AM »

Anyone know where either the car or the aircraft are now?

The history of the car and its restoration are on the Autopuzzles website.

I didn't see any more about the subsequent history of the "Little Spook."

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Here is a more concise story, still very rough and about 1/5th of our information. Please click the links at the bottom of the rough story.
http://www.autopuzzles.com/forum/index.php?topic=11958.0

The help you guys provided, filled in more information for the entire "story"
Thank you,
John
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John Yasenko

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Re: Airplane in a picture, era 1952, experimental wrote on side
« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2015, 12:54:41 PM »

Marty,
This link you provided below, is an unbelievable march through important aviation history.
AirRace.com
Great read !!!!!!!
Thanks again for all of the help,
John
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Martin X. Moleski, SJ

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Re: Airplane in a picture, era 1952, experimental wrote on side
« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2015, 02:28:05 PM »

This link you provided below, is an unbelievable march through important aviation history.

AirRace.com

Great read !!!!!!!

Thanks again for all of the help,

You're welcome, John.
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