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  • Designed and built by Robert Mayer of Michigan, race number 74 was raced by pilot Hank Orlowski in 1951 at the Detroit Air Races. It qualified at a speed of 160 mph.
  • The aircraft was later raced at Wallingford, Ct., and took 4th place in the Formula One race. Following this, the airplane was retired.
  • Mr D's short racing career spanned the years 1951- 1953, a very slow period in the history of air racing.



  • This original Midget Racer was donated to the Planes of Fame Air Museum and was restored by Museum volunteers in 2004- 2005.



Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Robert Mayer
Year: 1951
Model: Mr. D
Registration Number:
Serial Number: 
Crew: 1
Max T/O Weight:
Span: 19 ft. 0 in.
Length: 14 ft. 9 in.
Maximum Speed:
Cruise Speed: N/A
Rate of Climb: N/A
Power Plant: 1 × Continental C-85 flat-4 air-cooled engine, 85 hp.
Range: N/A
Service Ceiling: N/A
Armament: N/A


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