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OK sports fans, what type of airplane is this? Extra bonus points for which engine it had also.

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I'll bet it has "super" in its name. It's a crime to put "Bud Light" on the side of an airplane like that.

That's some kind of corncob engine ain't it?  OK, I'm providing too many hints.

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It looks to be a later model corsair, possibly  an F2G. My guess is it has a longer than normal radial engine.
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You bet, the Super Corsair. It had a Pratt and Whitney R-4360 "corncob" radial engine and raced out at Reno for a few years till it caught fire and crashed. Kevin Eldridge bailed out but hit the tail and broke his arm and leg. He survived to race some more at Reno. Look at the blade pitch on that huge propeller and the right rudder trim. Can you say torque?

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I'd noticed the prop blades, but not the rudder trim. Didn't the super corsair (race 1) set a speed record at Reno before it crashed? Something over 400 mph?

I worked on the 4360 just a little when in the Air Force. They seemed reliable, but in the C-124 they had an annoying habit of cracking exhaust stacks. That's about the only part I was trusted to work on. Like most radial engines, they were oily buggers. I never learned what it was about them that gave them a reputation for catching fire. During my 4 years in the AF, none of the ones at Dover AFB caught fire. 

The pregnant guppy had the same engine and they used to come into Dover very often ( http://www.allaboutguppys.com/pg/377pgf.htm ). That was one strange looking airplane. Seems like it would have been a real interesting thing to fly in a crosswind. 

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Here is the video of the Super Corsair crash.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqPPCCKAFp8

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 OK, what is the significance of this airplane?

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I won't reveal everything but Jimmy Dolittle flew it and the dome on the rear cocpit is a clue right?
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Yep, he did and it sure was. For only 20 minutes, according to him. It was probably the most significant flight in the world, next to Orville and Wilbur's flight. At least the airlines and military thought so. :lol:

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Testing motion sickness pills when under the dome?

If that's not it, I'll come up with my second guess having to do with instruments.

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Yes, the first take off and flight and landing without visual reference to the outside.  :o
This was the beginning of all weather flying.

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Did you know that Lockheed made a small version of the Electra back in the 30s? More of an executive transport than the small airliner normally called the electra (the model that Amelia Earhart was flying when she disappeared). It is the model 12A. Kelly Johnson actually worked on the design of this airplane.  Lockheed Electra 12a Junior - YouTube
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Here's more info. on the Model 12:

Lockheed Model 12 Electra Junior - Wikipedia
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