Was in service for Australia during WWII and was surplused in 1945. It then went to Canada and served for their Department of Transportation until 1995 when it was sold. It was purchased by Harry Thompson and Robert Odegaard and was being restored to the original colors of the North Dakota Air Guard. At Reno in 2004 Bob was approached with a new idea that is now Duggy.
Rolls Royce - Packard-built V-1650-7 Merlin 12 cylinder engine. 1,490 hp on take-off, 1,750 hp max war emergency setting.
Six .50 caliber machine guns, 400 rounds each inboard, 270
rounds each center and outboard.
External bomb load of 2 x 1,000 lb. bombs or 2 x 110 gal. drop
tanks and up to 10 x 5-in. rockets.
Bob's mustang was built from parts from 20 different mustangs and was completed in 1995. On it's maiden flight it suffered gear problems and Bob was forced to make an emergency landing. The left gear collapsed and the clamshell doors and left flap were destroyed. After just two weeks it was flying again.
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
WINNER: 1949 CLEVELAND AIR RACES TINNERMAN TROPHY RACE
3rd PLACE: 1949 CLEVELAND AIR RACES THOMPSON THROPHY RACE
WINNER: 1999 ROLLS-ROYCE AVIATION HERITAGE INTERNATIONAL
Goodyear F2G-1D Super Corsair
Wingspan: 41 ft.
Length: 33 ft. 10 in.
Height: 16 ft. 1 in.
Weights: Empty 10,800 lbs.
Operational: 15,200 lbs.
Maximum Speed: 450 MPH @ 25,000 ft.
Service Ceiling: 38,000 ft.
Pratt & Whitney R-4360-4 Wasp Major
28 Cylinder, Air Cooled, 4 Row Radial
3,500 Hp. Takeoff
Six .50 Caliber Machine Guns
The Super Corsair was built to fight the Japanese Kamikaze attacks. The Navy needed a fighter that could climb fast and intercept the fighters before they started their dive. The Goodyear Aircraft Company built ten F2G's but none were ever used in combat. After the war, several people bought some corsairs for around $1500 a piece. They were used in the Cleveland Air races in the late forties. This particular aircraft won the Tinnerman Trophy in 1949; it was the last time it flew. In 1995, Bob Odegaard found this airplane and quickly made arrangements for it and brought it up to his shop, Odegaard Aviation in Kindred, ND. There he restored it back to its original racing colors and flew it again in 1999, 50 years since it last flew.