1949 Cleveland National Air Races Postcards - All Three Days 40th Anniversary
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1949 Cleveland National Air Races Postcards - All Three Days 40th Anniversary:
3 Vintage - Different 1949 Cleveland National Air Races Postcards - 40th Anniversary
Mint like condition; all three post cards issued for each of the three days; September 3rd, 4th, and 5th, different colors are as new and are crisp, clean, unused (post marked), with bright facts:
Only six starters were in a first-ever racehorse start of
the Bendix Race at Rosamond Dry Lake, CA. The largest ship ever entered
in this race was a Martin B-26 medium bomber flown solo by United Airlines
Captain Lee Cameron who grew up in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood OH. Joe
DeBonaan ex Air Force pilot flying the Bendix for
the third time, flew a P-51B Mustang sponsored by actor Jimmy Stewart.
His P-51C was refinished with no less than 48 coats of primers and gloss cobalt
blue paint. Polished to a high shine, the paint job
reportedly added 8 mph to the speed of the aircraft. A
special propeller was installed. It was designed to increase the speed of Air
Force Mustangs up to 10 mph but rejectedbecauseits service
lifewas too short.Joe's wetwing
28 to 33 mph and great navigationbrought him into the winners circle at Cleveland.
Paul Mantz whoelectednotto race this year entered two
Mustangs, one flown byStanley Reaver, arrived 11 minutesafterDeBona,
followed byFish Salmon in Mantz's second racer. Don Bussart flying a MK25
Mosquito lost his oxygen system and one engine near the end of the race.
Bussart arrived in Cleveland before the deadlinein fourth
place. Lee Cameron's B-26 had mechanical problems and
landed at North Platte, Nebraska with fuel feed system problems.
After repairs were made Lee took off attempting to make Cleveland
before the six o'clock deadline, but it was not meant to be. Vincent
Perron pulled out of the race at Grand Junction CO.