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84-1/4" wingspan, 69-1/2" long, 1254 sq. in. wing area, 21lbs. flying weight. This is a plane from a time in history where individuals were the catalyst for change in the aviation world. It wasn't big corporations it was single guys that thought they could make planes go faster. Paramount among these innovators was Jimmy Wedell, a one time barnstormer and cross border rumrunner that had a genius for aircraft design. After he met Harry Williams and secured his financial backing, Wedell-Williams Air Service was born. From that came the most successful air racers of the 1930s a time when these privately owned aircraft were faster than anything that was being flown by the military. The Gilmore Red Lion (Race #121) was a Wedell-Williams Model 44, one of 3 model 44s that were raced. Flown by the flamboyant Roscoe Turner, the Gilmore Red Lion was arguably the best looking of the model 44s and was winner of the Thompson Trophy Race of 1934. The Pilot-1 Gilmore Red Lion is a true to scale rendition of this famous 30s racer. The outlines are correct with only a minor increase in vertical tail area. The wing is the correct shape and in the right location requiring a notch in the lower part of the massive cowl. The wing profile is not scale, we wanted an airplane that had the great look of a 30s racer but exhibited the flight character of a good sport plane, and that is exactly what we have.
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