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GP-5 Sweet Dreams
OspreyGP-5.jpg
Role Unlimited/Sport/Super-Sport/Sport-Gold class racing aircraft
National origin USA
Manufacturer Gary Childs and George Backovich
Designer George Pereira
First flight 2007
Number built 1

The GP-5 Sweet Dreams is a Super Sport Class racing airplane designed by George Pereira and originally built by Gary Childs. It was sold once to another builder before being sold to and completed by George Backovich who with the help of the designer finished it in 2007. Having gone through several modifications for its automotive engine conversion and changing propellor manufacturer's. The aircraft was specifically built to race in the unlimited class at the Reno Air Races.[1]

After rule changes to the Unlimited class the GP-5 was no longer eligible, so was entered in the Sport class, but further rule changes excluded the GP-5 from competing in that class until the Super Sport class emerged. The Super Sport class was merged with the Sport class becoming, effectively, an Unlimited class for aircraft with engines less than 1,000 cu in (16.39 l) displacement.

Sweet Dreams was entered in the Reno 2010 Sport class, but engine failure during practice runs resulted in the need to find a better engine/propeller/gearbox combination. Eventually the GP-5 competed in the 2012 Sport-Gold class at Reno finishing fourth.

Specifications (GP-5)[edit]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 1
  • Powerplant: 1 × Hasselgren_Engineering,_Inc SBC , 625 hp (466 kW)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 315 kn; 584 km/h (363 mph)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "GP-5". Retrieved 20 August 2013. 

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