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Conquest 1 by Denver Kissinger
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  Aviation Art Reno Air Race Winner "Conquest 1" by Denver Kissinger  

22 x 34 in.
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Conquest 1 aircraft is currently on display in the Smithsonian

Aviation Art Reno Air Race Winner "Conquest 1"


Conquest 1 -
Lockheed test pilot Darryl Greenamyer, along with the help of Lockheed engineers Bruce Boland and Pete Law, fields a highly modified Grumman Bearcat that will, within a span of ten years, from the inception of the Reno Air Races in 1964, win a total of six Unlimited Championships. This aircraft is considered to be the first of a new breed of aircraft, created solely for Unlimited Air Racing. To begin with, the Bearcat’s bubble canopy is removed and replaced with a much smaller Formula 1 canopy and fairing, thus reducing drag. The vertical stabilizer is extended to increase directional stability, the wings are clipped to aid in the tight turns, and the overall airframe is sealed to streamline the aircraft. Additional measures are also taken to reduce the plane’s weight.

1965: Win number one for Greenamyer’s Bearcat at Reno.
1966: Win number two for the Bearcat, now sponsored by Smirnoff.
1967: A three-peat for the team.
1968: Another win for Greenamyer and his racer, but no sponsors.
1969: Yet, another victory. The plane is named Conquest 1.
1970: The winning streak is snapped with a sixth place finish.
1971: After a one-year dry spell, another win for Conquest 1.
1972 through 1974: Greenamyer and his Bearcat set out the next three years due to difficulties with the race organizers, and a lack of sponsorship.
1975: Conquest 1 and Greenamyer return to Reno, with sponsorship provided by American Jet. The aircraft now sports a bright yellow scheme, as well as incorporating the side profile of a Bald Eagle on both sides of the fuselage, extending from just in front of the canopy, forward to the engine cowling. Additional detail of the Eagle’s legs and talons are also painted on each of the landing gear doors, making it the most visually distinctive Unlimited Air Racer for its time.
1976: After finishing second at Reno, Greenamyer donates the aircraft to the Smithsonian, where it currently resides at their Silver Hill facility in Maryland.


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