Avweb reported the death earlier today. If there was anybody worthy of a good biography it is this person. SR-71, Conquest, speed records, salvaging aircraft or his efforts in the Sport Racing class he was interesting. Stories anyone?
I watched the TV documentary about that effort many years ago. I wasn’t aware of the failed outcome before seeing it in the documentary. All they could do was sit and watch it burn. That was a horrible experience to see; it must have been a completely miserable experience for the crew.Not to speak ill of the departed, but there is another part of his story that should not be whitewashed. The failed recovery effort that he made on the B-29 in Greenland was done poorly and set back the "Warbird recovery" movement significantly. What I heard was that they left such a mess, after promising to not make a mess, that the Greenland (Danish) government is not interested in allowing any similar recovery efforts.
Yes, 2007, they had a planetary drive welded on to a std case and that was a disaster. 2008 went with a actual geared engine from a 421 I think but they burned many pistons and replaced a bunch of jugs that weekend. Once the hp goes above 5-600 or so, the factory mechanical FI is outside its design parameters as it does not meter consistently. The two fastest Contis run our EFI- both winning Gold in the process. DG's pilot asked about our EFI back then but their crew chief was not interested after trying another brand of EFI in testing with poor results. We went on to win with EFI in 2010 and 2018 and DG's plane went on to burn more pistons and never really went fast again after his many early successes which was a shame.He had a few catastrophic failures with those geared engines if I remember correctly.
Darryl was an aviation legend right up there with the best. I'm feel lucky to have seen him race at RenoI'm a fan of DG, so take it for what it's worth. Everybody has failures; how would anyone else have performed tramping around on a glacier in Greenland with limited resources? And there may have been a judgement call in play; if they didn't get it out then, would it have ever been gotten out? Maybe, who knows. No one's perfect, but Greenamyer was great.