Place

             Pilot

 Race No.

    Aircraft

      Speed

     Time

1

    Paul Mantz

 46

P-51C 460.423 4:42:14
2

   Joe DeBona

90 P-51D 458.203 428:15
3

   Ed Lunkin

33 P-51D 408.723 5:00:43
4

   Bruce Gimbel

13 P-51B 404.080 5:04:10
5   William Eddy 31 P-51D 376.549 5:26:25
6   Tom Mayson 60 P-51C 376.084 5:26:49
7   Frank Whitton 99 FG1 320.025 6:24:04
8  William Lear Jr 25 F-5G 292.680 6:59:57
9  Jane Page Hlavcek 63 F-5G 247.812 8:15:59
   Jim Ruble 88 P-38 - 1
   Dianna Cyrus 91 A-26 - 2
   Joe Kinkella 92 P-63 - 3
   Bill Odom 42 P-47M   4

        1 Bailed out over Arizona
  2 Landed in Michigan
               3 Landed at Pueblo, Colorado
       4 Did not start, fuel leak

 

            
Paul Mantz                                                              DeBona

                                                                                                                                                                           
              
 Bruce Gimbel                                                           Ed Lunkin



                
 William Eddy                                                                Tom Mayson

 

                     
   Frank Whitton                                                                       Wm Lear Jr.

                       
                              Jane Page Hlavcek                                                          Jim Ruble


              
                                 Dianna Cyrus                                                           Joe Kinkella

 

     
         Bill Odom

 

Bendix "J" division    
 

Place

Pilot

 Aircraft

Speed

Time

 1

  Col. Leon Gray    FP-80A  
   507.225              
 
402:10
    2   Maj. Clay Albright     P-80A    486.280    1
    3   Capt. W.S. Patterson     P-80A     463.968     2
        1st Lt. E. A. Klapel      P-80A           3

                                                            1 & 2 Landed in Dayton OH due to weather                                                  
 3 Landed in Kansas, engine problem


 


(Lucabaugh) Kevin Grantham Collection
Col. Leon Gray


                                  

      
                   SOHIO (Standard Oil of Ohio) sponsored the $5,500 P-38 race.Sohio  provided
                 the  fuel  for most of the  air racer's, they  also provided the fuel for  the Wright 
                              Brothers first flight in 1903.
 No time trials,  limited to 12 racers due  to  the                         
                          racehorse start. Outcome of the race  depended largely on flying skill, especially     
on rounding pylons and the ability to improve the aircraft's speed.    

               Lockheed test pilot Tony LeVier who helped develop the P-38  "Lightening" that
                                      proved itself in air  battles over Germany and in the Pacific theater made the                            
                    Sohio a one man race. Tony in his bright red No 3 took the lead in the first lap and   
           finished  the race two miles ahead of the field
. J.D. Reed Of  Houston  Texas 
                                        entered  two P-38's, Charles Walling flew No 14 "Sky Ranger" to second place                            
                                        and Ivis Hill flew  No 66 "Green Hornet " to  third. John Thompson's No 27                                  
                  was forth and  Sonny Hlavacek was a rather slow fifth flying a tired No 63 that his
   wife flew  in the Bendix "R" Division.                                                     
 
                                                                         

 SOHIO Trophy Race

105 miles  7 laps of a 15 mile course
 

Place

Pilot

RaceNo

 Aircraft

Speed

       1

  Tony LeVier

3

   P-38L  360.866
       2   Charles Walling 14 P-38  351.785
       3    Ivis Hill  66  P-38L   347.391
       4    John Thomson  27 P-38   328.739
       5    Sonny Hlavacek  63 *F-5G   270.197
          John Saun  64 P-38  1
          William Lear Jr.  25 *F-5   2

      *Photo version of the P-38
1 Out 1st lap
 2 Disqualified 

 

           
 Tony LeVier                                                       Charles Walling

 

           
            Ivis Hill                                                                    John Thompson




             
      Sonny Hlovacek                                                       John Saun
 

  

           
                  William Lear Jr.

 

 

       

        Did anyone fly lower than Tony LeVier ?.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                              

Also new this year, The Kendall Oil Co. sponsored $5,500  P-51 Race. Kendall Oil
Company  had  been  a generous  supporter of air racing  for many  pre-war years.
Kendall Oil Co. reportedly offered a 10% bonus to winning flyers using Kendall Oil.


Woody Edmundson was first  off  the field  and  first  to turn the scatter pylon, not far
behind  was Steve Beville flying No 77 that took  forth place in the 1946 Thompson.
On  lap four, Edmundson's  engine began to  fail  allowing  Beville  to take  the lead.
Believing  he had enough
  altitude  to  bail  out  Edmundson  removed  his shoulder
straps, but the A-36 was loosing altitude too fast to jump. Sliding across the ground
 the plane hit a tree, the impact caused serious injury, from which he later recovered.
Jack  Hardwick was  out  in lap three and Anson Johnson in lap 5,  both with engine
problems.  Beville went on  to  win  the first  Kendall  race at a record closed course
speed of 384.6 mph.

 


Kendall Trophy Race

105 miles  7 laps of a 15 mile course
 

Place

Pilot

Race No

 Aircraft

Speed

1

   Steve Beville

77

 P-51D  384.602
       2    Kendall Everson 44 A-36A  377.926
       3  Woody Edmundson 15  A-36A   372.392
       4    MW Fairbrother  21 P-51D   367.035
       5    William Murray  31  P-51D   357.084
          Jack Hardwick  34 P-51C  1
          Anson Johnson  45 P-51D  2

                  1 Out 3rd lap
                2 Out 5th lap


        

             
          Steve Beville                                                                   Kendall Everson



                
   Woody Edmondson                                                  MW Fairbrother




                 
     William Murray                                                         Jack Hardwick




        
                 Anson Johnson


 

 

 


                       
The Tinnerman Company started out as a local west side Cleveland manufacture of hi-end kitchen ranges, when the
                        National Air Races came to Cleveland they were one of many companies eager to add their support. The Tinnerman
                        name  appeared  on  some  Benny Howard’s  racers.  Albert Tinnerman,  son of the founder created 
a  spring  steel
                          fastener known as the "SPEED NUT". This  speed  nut  was  used on  all  aircraft manufactured in the USA for WW II.
                       Air Race Veteran Steve Wittman led the pack for the first four laps but engine trouble caused Steve to reduce power
                      on lap four. Ken Knight, 21 year old former Air Force fighter  pilot  moved into first place and  Charlie Tucker moved
                       past  Steve into second place on lap six. Unable to bring the power back up, Steve had to settle for third place.  Ken
                        developed  a slight leak in the  water-alcohol line  sending  fumes into the cockpit.  He was  lucky to be  able to finish.

  

                                                  

Tinnerman Trophy Race

105 miles  7 laps of a 15 mile course

 

Place

Pilot

Race No

 Aircraft

Speed

1

   Ken Knight

51

 P-63A  352.168
       2    Chas Tucker 30  P-63C  347.657
       3    S J Wittman 4  P-63C   367.035
       4    A T Whiteside  87 P-63   313.513
       5    William Bour  55 P-63A 254.913



 

                       
Ken Knight                                                            Charlie Tucker


 

                        
       Steve Wittman                                                           A T Whiteside




          
               Wm Bour


 

    
 

   Allison Trophy Race

500  mile Cross  Country dash  from
Cleveland to Indianapolis and return

 

Place

Pilot

Race No

 Aircraft

Speed

1

   Capt. Bernor

8384

 FP-80  494.297
       2    Capt. Bishop 8302  P-80A  480.425
       3    Lt Col. Schilling 5464  P-80A   478.227
       4    1st Lt. LaRose  8355 P-80A   471.523
       5    Capt. Wisner  8303 P-80A 457.588



 

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.                                                                    
 


Final race of the Goodyear Series.
 

Place

Pilot

Race No

 Aircraft

Speed

1

   Bill Brennand

20

 Buster  165.857
     2    Paul Penrose 5  Swee' Pea  165.393
     3    Fish Salmon 4  Cosmic Wind   158.798
     4    Tony LeVier 3 Little Tony   157.851
     5    Warren Siem  44 Loose Siem   151.270
     6    B F Robertson 19 Brown Spec 143.865

 

 

 

                 

Bill Brennand                                                                   Paul Penrose

 

               

 Fish Salmon                                                                  Tony LeVier

 

               
Warren Siem                                                                      BF Robertson
 

The  up-scale Halle Department  Store again  promoted  women in aviation  by supplying  prize
  money  and a great  trophy for the women-only  Halle Race.  Limiting  the race to AT-6 and SNJ
 aircraft, the ladies had  modified each one. Absent was Marge Hurlbert, winner in '46,  killed   in
  a air  show  accident in July. Jane  Page who was  a  very close  second  in the 1946  race was
  considered  a favorite to win. One new  entry  this year was  Dori Marland, a Hollywood  actress
 and former WASP squadron commander in WW II  Marland's AT-6 was modified with a Ranger  
  inline  engine and  carried  a very  attractive red,  white  &  blue paint job. Another new entry was
  Edna Whyte, a veteran  of many  air  races. Another new entry was  Ruth Johnson who  took the
  lead on take-off followed very close by Dori Marland. The Ranger engine was  not up to the task
  and  Marland was forced to put  the AT-6 down in a field with little damage to the plane, she was
 not injured. Ruth Johnson led the five laps of the fifteen mile race course to win the Halle Trophy.

 


 

Halle Trophy Race

75 miles 5 laps of 15 mile course
 

Place

Pilot

Race No

 Aircraft

Speed

1

   Ruth Johnson

75

 AT-6 Spec  223.390
       2    Grace Harris 44  AT-6 Spec  215.090
       3    Edna Whyte 42  SNJ-2 Mod   210.789
       4    Jane Page 83 AT-6 Mod   209.356
       5    Anna Logan  65 AT-6 Mod 186.851
     Dori Marland 49 AT-6 Mod 1

                                                             1 Crashed not injured

 

                   
    
Ruth Johnson                                                       Grace Harris


              
    
     Edna Whyte                                                                            Jane Page 



              
Anna Logan                                                                 Dori Marland

 

 

 

The Thompson Trophy Race

 

 


 

Thompson "R" division
300 miles 20 laps of a 15 mile course

  Place           Pilot  Race No      Aircraft    Speed
     1     Cook Cleland        74     F2G   396.131
     2      Dick Becker        94     F2G   390.133
     3      Jay Demming        11     P-39Q   367.625
     4      Steve Beville        77     P-51D   360.840
     5      Tony LeVier         3     P-38L-5   357.488
     6      William Bour        55     P-63A   357.465
       Ron Puckett        18     F2G1

       1

       Woody Edmundson        15     P-51A        2
       Paul Penrose        37     P-51D        3
       Tony Jannazo        84     F2G1        4
       Joe Ziegler        82     P-40Q        5
       Chas Walling        14     P-38J         6
       Jack Hardwick        34      P- 51C         7

                                                    1  Out 19th lap, engine problems
                                                              2  Crashed 11th lap, injured
                                                              3  Out 6th lap, engine problems
                                                              4  Crashed 7th lap, fatal
                                                              5  Bailed out 14th lap, injured
                                                              6  Out 2nd lap, engine problems
                                                              7  Crashed 1st lap, uninjured                         

 

              
                                                                 
                                                                    

 

  Cook Cleland acquired four surplus Navy
  Goodyear built F2G Corsairs, three to be
 flown and one for static display or parts.
Cook  flew  # 74 which had a distinctive
  experimental  air  scoop. The  sub-rudder
  was removed and the flaps were secured
     in the up position. Cook was a dive bomber
  pilot in the South Pacific, retired from the 
  United  States  Navy  as  a  Captain.

 

     
 
  

                                                      

 

    

            The second Cleland Corsair No 94 was flown
            by Cook's close friend Dick Becker. Also a
            ex-Navy pilot, Dick learned to fly at Pearl 
            Harbor on week ends and became an enlisted
            pilot. Retired from the Navy as a Lt. Jg.  He 
            spent a thousand plus hours in  flying boats in
            the South Pacific theater. Dick was also a test
            pilot for the Navy.

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                            
 



  
                                             

 


   Last year's winner Alvin "Tex" Johnson, test pilot
   for Bell Aircraft Co. was restricted from flying in
   this years National Air Races by Bell. Another
   Bell test pilot, Jay Demming had to resign his job
   to enter the Thompson Trophy Race. With all the
   modifications Cobra II was a rather un-stable 
   aircraft requiring a pilot with great skill like a test
   pilot to control it.
  


 

 

                                                       (Bill Meixner collection)

 






         Steve Beville, winner of the SOHIO Trophy
         Race managed a very respectable fourth
         place against some pretty great odds as
         his P-51-D was a basically stock aircraft.
         







 




 

                                                                                                  

 

   Tony LeVier's P-38 L-5 was outclass by the
   big-bore Corsairs and the highly-modified
   Bell P-39-Q winner of last years Thompson.
   Tony had to depend on his years of racing
   experience and skill of a test pilot to place
   fifth. He beat Bour's P-63-A by only three
   hundred's of a second.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

            Bill Bour also flew his P-63 A No 55 in the
            Tinnerman Trophy Race for P-63's only
            a short time before Thompson Trophy,
            placing fifth in the Tinnerman.

    














  Ron Puckett another ex-Navy pilot was also able to
  acquire a F2G Corsair. this one had very few   
  modifications, note the sub-rudder still attached.
  Ron retired from the United States Navy as a
  Commander and went to work for the FAA.

 

 

 


                                                                                                   



 

 

 

          Woody Edmundson was back with an A-36
          "City of Lynchburg" placing third in the Kendall
          Trophy Race. On lap No 11 somewhere south
          of the airport the engine exploded, Woody
          release his harness in order to jump free of
          plane but  discovered the plane was too low.
          When the plane hit the ground, without his
          shoulder harness his head struck the instrument
          panel knocking him unconscious for a few   
          moments.         

 

 

 

                                                                                                 

 

 

 Paul Penrose was pilot of J.D. Reed's P-51-D
 painted in a beautiful bronze metallic finish.
 The aircraft's name was chosen by J.D. Reed's
 daughter in honor of her father. A broken oil line
 sprayed oil on the upper part of the fuselage
 including the windscreen, Paul had his head
 partially  out of the cockpit coming over the fence.

 

 




 

 

 

 

   The third Cleland Corsair was flown by Naval Reserve
   pilot Tony Jannazo. No 84 was a stock airplane and
   still had it's sub-rudder. Jannazo crashed South of the
   airport and was killed instantly. Suspected cause of
   the crash was carbon monoxide poisoning.
  
  

 

 

 

                                                                                               



 




  Jean "Skip" Zeigler was able to purchase a
  on-of-a-kind Curtis P-40-Q. The P-40 was one
  of the fighters we entered WW II with and
  popularized by the volunteer group The Flying
  Tigers. Spectators had trouble identifying  him
  as he was not listed on the program. 


                                                                                                 



                          








 


 

 

     Chas. Walling, another J.D. Reed pilot flew one of the
     two P-38's entered by Reed. It was a highly modified
     P-38-J with a very attractive paint job. An engine failure
     in the second lap forced him out of the Thompson.
     Walling placed second in the Sohio Race behind
     Tony LeVier.
    

 

 

 



                                                                                                  

 

                                                                                                  

    Jack Hardwick possibly never forgot those first
     four or five minutes of the Thompson when he
     was turning the scatter pylon while trying to avoid
     all the traffic the engine exploded. with very few
     options left, Jack had only seconds to decide how
     to avoid a field of parked cars. Crashing into some
     trees to avoid spectators he was uninjured but
     needed  help freeing himself from the wreckage.
 
    

 

 

 

                                                                           Thompson "J" division 
                                                                 180 miles  8 laps of a 22.5 mile course 

  Place       Pilot      Race No     Aircraft  Av. Speed
      1  Lt. Col. Pedit      PN 388   P-80-A   500.704
      2  Lt. Howard      PN 331   P-80-A   497.943
      3  Lt. Col. Dunham      PN 309   P-80-A   494.656
      4  Capt. Gates      PN 474   P-80-A   484.878
      5  Lt. Col. Preston      PN 342   P-80-A   443.169
      6  Capt. Powers      PN 334   P-80-A   430.234

 

 

The four pylon race course used for the SOHIO, KENDALL, HALLE
TINNERMAN,  and The THOMPSON  'R'  TROPHY in 1946, '47 '48.

 

Photos are from the Hansen collection unless otherwise noted.

 


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