As a part of its AirVenture celebration for 100 years of continuous aircraft production, Daher-Socata staged a Reno-style race between one of its TBM 850 turboprop aircraft and Jack Rousch’s P-51 Mustang Gentleman Jim. The race was held on Friday, July 29, with the TBM crossing the finish line a few seconds ahead of the P-51.
The friendly fly-off occurred over a traditional six-lap course used in the National Air Race Championships’ Unlimited category to find out which was faster: the TBM 850 powered by a P&W Canada PT6A-66D turboprop producing 850 shp, provided by Steve Walenz of Spirit Lakes, Iowa, and piloted by renowned National Air Race Championship pilot Bob Odegaard; or the North American P-51D-30NA, powered by a Packard V-1650-7 piston, liquid-cooled, supercharged V-12 generating 1,490 hp and flown by Reno legend Jimmy Leeward.
“The 2011 EAA AirVenture gathering brought together aviation enthusiasts from around the world, offering the perfect venue for this amicable head-to-head challenge,” said Nicolas Chabbert, president of Socata North America, and senior vice president of the Daher-Socata Airplane Division.
DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3;
2015: July 27-Aug. 2