Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat "Conquest 1"

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In 1969, Darryl Greenamyer broke the 30-year-old speed record for piston-engine aircraft held by the German Messerschmitt Me 209 when he reached 777 kilometers (483 miles) per hour in this heavily modified Grumman Bearcat. Greenamyer also won the National Air Races six times with this airplane before he donated it to the Smithsonian in 1977.

Created:

06/15/2017

Photographer:

Dane Penland

ID #:

NASM2017-01560

Source:

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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Smithsonian Institution

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Public Domain

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