Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat Conquest I

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in 1969 Darryl Greenamyer broke the 30-year-old speed record for piston-engine aircraft by the German Messerschmitt Me 209 when he reached 777 kilometers (483 miles) per hour in this heavily modified Grumman Bearcat.

Photographer:

Dane Penland

ID #:

2005-31476

Source:

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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Smithsonian Institution

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