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    From Naval Aviation News, January, 1947



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    From Naval Aviation News, January, 1947



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    As a kid, I had a chance to watch the second rendition of the Blue Angels at Olathe NAS in Bearcats. I believe Butch Voorhees was leading the group then. They took off as a group, climbed out of sight, then reappeared in a high-speed, low level pass down the runway, rotated into a vertical climb that shook the ground and delivered their own version of "shock and awe" as they climbed wingtip to wingtip into a high cloud layer.

    I'm not sure of the year, but it seems to me it was about 1950. I was very young, but never forgot the feeling of utter wonder at these birds.

    Forty-five years later, I took in an airshow near Minneapolis that included two restored Bearcats. Funny how they seemed nearly as impressive to me then.

    Having said all that, there are other planes I would rather to see flyable in PF. It seems to me less important to see a high-performance fighter that didn't participate than a full complement of Japanese and allied aircraft that did.


    "And now I see with eye serene/The very pulse of the machine;
    A being breathing thoughtful breath,/A Traveller between life and death."
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    Mind you armour and ammo had been removed and fuel load at less than half capacity (to maintain centre of gravity).

    Setup pretty usual for flying display aircraft.
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    That's not correct. Armor was NOT removed. The plane was a stock F8F-1 Bearcat except that it was modified to achieve combat power with the gears down, which was otherwise not possible. That was the only modification. Otherwise, it was a run-of-the mill service F8F-1. The plane carried all armor, guns (sans ammo) and all naval arresting gear.

    The exhibition was called Operation Pogostick. The F8F-1 was flown at the air races along with a stock Ryan Fireball. Here is a picture of the planes and pilots I got from Richard Leonards son:




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    i flew a bearcat one time .....man that s.o.b scratched me all to pieces
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    Bear behind me I would climb fast too
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    doesnt matter, we wont have bearcat at least it is done by 3rd party

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    I didn't post this because I'd like an F8F in PF, I just thought it was interesting.

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    thats all right we wont need it. just give me a parachute and a winchester ill be an ace in no time lol
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