Dammit.

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  1. Santa CruZin

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    Precious Metal, Race 38 is no more, at least for racing. Pilot is fine. Fire departing fuel pumps during ferry from FL to NV.

    I can't post pics of her from my phone, but suffice to say she was beautiful and remarkable. P-51 with contra-rotating Rolls Royce Griffon. Polished aluminum like you wouldn't believe.
     
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    I saw pics. It's bad but not terminal. She'll fly and maybe race again.
     
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    Solid story telling
     
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    I can picture it in my mind............
     
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    Know not what you speak of.


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    A early p-51 Mustang caught ire while refueling on a cross country trip.I believe it was a earlier model before the engine swap made them the horse they were in ww2.'08.
     
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    A plane pulled by a horse?


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    I declare a party foul,Burno done edited without disclaimer and fouled :horsey:.

    I demand CowHat make a ruling.'08. :impatient:
     
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    Subpoena issued.Data collected.'08.
     
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    P-51D pretty much won the air war over Germany in WWII. When Hermann Wilhelm Göring saw P-51's over Berlin he said "We just lost the war."
     
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    I was typing on my phone while trying to make dinner. I'll post more later. Just for you.
     
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    Here's PM performing a dead-stick landing last year after the 3,000 HP Griffon took a dump:

     
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    From the team website yesterday afternoon:


    Dear Race Fans,

    It's with a heavy heart I am forced to announce the end of Precious Metal's air racing career. She sustained heavy damage in a ground fire at a fuel stop this afternoon.

    The aircraft was running fine and I was taxying out of the chocks after fueling up, a gentleman came running and signaled me to shut down. I had no idea I was on fire until he alerted me as it was under the airplane. By the time I came to a stop the flames were reaching the cockpit on the left side and I abandoned ship. There was no time to attempt fighting the fire as we feared an imminent explosion with 190 gallons of fuel onboard.

    The fire department showed up after about 12 minutes and took 20 minutes to put the flames out with foam. But the damage was done. The aircraft is intact, but sustained heavy damage.

    Thank you for all the support over the years, you are the best fans.

    Thom Richard
     
  17. M&P15T

    M&P15T Well I'll Be Dipped!!!

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    Just like driving a vintage performance car that has been heavily modded for even more performance, it's a chance consciously taken.

    I hope they get it back into shape some day.