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Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« on: October 25, 2020, 11:58:55 pm »
Formula F48 Air Racing: Messerschmitt Me-509



After the 1944 armistice the aircraft producers of the world had to scale down production of combat aircraft rapidly as almost all production contracts were cancelled. Besides the aircraft already in production there were also a lot of advanced prototypes meant for the next generation of fighters and bombers. All development projects were cancelled overnight.
The downscaling of all air forces flooded the market with second-hand warplanes, some of them barely used, enabling people to buy an aircraft for next to nothing. At the same time a lot of combat pilots lost their job and to find a new source of income.
Some of these pilots started buying the surplus aircraft in 1945 and organizing air races with them. This quickly became a very popular pastime drawing large spectator crowds. In 1946 the first World Pilots Championship was held consisting of 6 races which were held in different locations in the USA, Europe and Asia. This first championship was won by US pilot John Warner flying a P-51D Mustang.



Very quickly this World Pilots Championship became so popular that sponsors and aircraft manufacturers became involved. Some of the wartime prototypes and development projects were revived to compete in the races. I order to maintain a level playing field the organizers decided to freeze the technology that could be used in the races at the level of the 1st of January 1948.
The World Pilots Championship was renamed to the Formula F48 and formal rules were set up. The main rule was that aircraft had to be powered by one or more piston engine and propeller driven. Ant design, materials and engines used should be as available at the beginning of 1948.
Races were held around a 10-mile closed circuit. Spectators were positions on the outside of the circuit. Since 1955 a season consists of 12 races in 10 different countries. A maximum of 15 aircraft were allowed in each race, a qualifying event before each race deciding which aircraft could take part. In 1960 there were participants from 15 countries flying aircraft from the USA, UK, Italy, Germany, France, Japan and Sweden.



The Formula F48 races became very popular and major sponsors spent a lot of money to get their name on the aircraft. Although the rules specified that the engines used were the ones available before 1948, careful tuning managed to bring them to ever increasing output levels.

Below are the ten highest scoring aircraft in the 1980 season.

Race NumberAircraftEngineHPMax Speed
3Messerschmitt Me-109XBMW 801E2250780 kph
5Hawker FuryBristol Centaurus 2500820 kph
7
8Focke Wulf Ta-152Junkers Jumo 213E2400810 kph
13Kyushu J7W ShindenMitsubishi Ha-432500800 kph
20Messerschmitt Me-509Daimler Benz DB6032500810 kph
31Supermarine SpitefulRolls-Royce Griffon2400830 kph
44Fiat G-56Daimler Benz DB603N2500800 kph
46
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benneton Me-509
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2020, 12:17:01 am »
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benneton Me-509
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2020, 12:51:07 am »
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2020, 04:39:22 am »
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2020, 04:52:14 am »
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2020, 06:26:21 am »
I wrote my suggestion re a 262 before I saw this, but the -509 is even better!  :thumbsup:
Any aircraft can be improved by fitting longer wings, and/or a longer fuselage

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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2020, 07:16:58 am »
I wrote my suggestion re a 262 before I saw this, but the -509 is even better!  :thumbsup:

There will be two other German entries.

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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2020, 07:34:17 am »
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2020, 11:16:41 am »
I think I NEED  to do a fleet air arm  509 armed with  rockets  in either  Korea or the Suez crisis. I shall have a look for a  1/72nd scale one.
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2020, 07:26:25 am »
I think I NEED  to do a fleet air arm  509 armed with  rockets  in either  Korea or the Suez crisis. I shall have a look for a  1/72nd scale one.
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The RS kit goes together well Chris and they do a couple of boxings. 1996 tooling so should be relatively easy to find ? Beware though they also did an older tooling (mid 90's ?) and I've no idea what that was like as I've only built the recent one.
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2020, 09:13:26 am »
I think I NEED  to do a fleet air arm  509 armed with  rockets  in either  Korea or the Suez crisis. I shall have a look for a  1/72nd scale one.
Chris

The RS kit goes together well Chris and they do a couple of boxings. 1996 tooling so should be relatively easy to find ? Beware though they also did an older tooling (mid 90's ?) and I've no idea what that was like as I've only built the recent one.
Thankyou Chris,
I had a bit of a look for one last night  but couldn't find any  anywhere, I will  keep looking  though.
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2020, 10:21:29 am »
The RS kit goes together well Chris and they do a couple of boxings. 1996 tooling so should be relatively easy to find ? Beware though they also did an older tooling (mid 90's ?) and I've no idea what that was like as I've only built the recent one.

The earlier tooling was a resin kit, the new one is injected. The resin one is not too bad but harder to put together than the newer one.

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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2020, 11:05:20 am »
I managed to find one on kingkit for not too bad a price, it shouts out naval attack aircraft to me so I  can use up my large  stock pile of unguided rockets  on it. It would also suit  a contra prop and a Griffon engine.  Cheers for the  Information  Tom and Chris.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #13 on: October 28, 2020, 07:30:28 am »
The RS kit goes together well Chris and they do a couple of boxings. 1996 tooling so should be relatively easy to find ? Beware though they also did an older tooling (mid 90's ?) and I've no idea what that was like as I've only built the recent one.

The earlier tooling was a resin kit, the new one is injected. The resin one is not too bad but harder to put together than the newer one.

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Ah, I thought it might be given the date. Thanks for confirming Tom  :thumbsup:
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Re: Formula F48 Air Racing: Benetton Me-509
« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2020, 03:24:03 am »
I  like that :wub: !! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: