|| Race No
|| Cook Cleland
|| Woody Edmundson
|| P- 51C
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
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.
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.
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
place against some pretty great
his P-51-D was a basically
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.
also flew his P-63 A No 55 in the
Trophy Race for P-63's only
a short time
before Thompson Trophy,
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
of the airport the engine
release his harness in
order to jump free of
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
Paul Penrose was pilot of J.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.
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
in the second lap forced him out of the Thompson.
Walling placed second in the Sohio Race behind
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
|| Race No
|| Av. Speed
|| Lt. Col. Pedit
|| PN 388
|| Lt. Howard
|| PN 331
|| Lt. Col. Dunham
|| PN 309
|| Capt. Gates
|| PN 474
|| Lt. Col. Preston
|| PN 342
|| Capt. Powers
|| PN 334
The four pylon race course used for the SOHIO,
TINNERMAN, and The THOMPSON 'R' TROPHY in 1946, '47 '48.
are from the Hansen collection unless otherwise noted.
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