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About the dimensions of a Cherokee-6, a normal loaded weight of 9600 pounds (though the combat load maxed out at 12,947 pounds), and the P&W R-2800 putting out 2100 HP, the airplane was a hot rod. In fact, its performance rivaled the early jets that replaced it. Very few were built, and some of the more famous ones raced--or still race--at Reno.
The LOOTM for November
The Grumman F8F Bearcat
This is the very aircraft on display at NAS Jax on 5-6 November 2011 in Blue Angels' markings. The Blues flew the Bearcats as their second mount (the Grumman F6F Hellcat was their first--right here in Jacksonville, Florida in 1946). The photo is from the Wiki entry, with more here:
A Pilot Report from a flying acquaintance, Budd Davisson here, just to let you know what you're missing:
Al Williams flew one of two civilian Bearcats designated the G-58, in this bright scheme. He named it, "Gulfhawk," and was sponsored by Gulf Oil. The "black" trim was actually a very dark blue.