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Pilot: Major changes done to P-51 that crashed
Pilot killed in Reno crash says major changes made to P-51 to make it more aerodynamic, faster
By The Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) ' The pilot of a P-51 Mustang killed in a Reno air race crash says major changes were made to the World War II-era fighter plane before this year's race.

A podcast uploaded to YouTube in June shows Jimmy Leeward discussing the plane called "The Galloping Ghost."

He says his crew cut five feet off each wing and shortened the ailerons ' the back edge of the main wings used to control balance. Leeward says the team also took the scoop off the bottom, changed the cooling system and put on a different canopy.

He says the goal was to make the plane more aerodynamic so it goes faster without a bigger engine.

Leeward says the systems weren't proven, but the team thought they would be OK.



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