Duluth Airshow Adds Reno Air Racer ‘Sawbones’ to 2019 Lineup
The 2019 Duluth Airshow will be here before we know it and organizers continue to build upon an already impressive lineup of performers.
The latest additions, announced by the Duluth Airshow, is Air Racer Sawbones, a plane that campaigns each September as Minnesota’s representative in the National Championship Air Races Unlimited Class in Reno, Nevada.
According to the "Sawbones Air" Facebook page:
The aircraft we know today as Sawbones, serial number 37525, began life at Hawker with production contract number 53/1/012 for a batch of 25 single seat Furies ordered for the Iraqi Air Force. Powered by a 2550 hp eighteen cylinder Bristol Centaurus radial engine and driving a five blade Rotol propeller, these were de-navalized, with tail hook, catapult hook, and other naval equipment removed. Otherwise, they were similar to standard FB 10/11 fighter-bombers. Hawker referred to them as the Fury ISS (for Iraqi single seater) or “Baghdad Fury”.
The Duluth Airshow is scheduled for July 20-21 near the Duluth International Airport.