Designed for aspiring warbird pilots who lack the funds for a P-51 Mustang, the Bear 360 has a price tag roughly equivalent to that of a new Cessna 172. Unlike that airplane, however, the Bear probably will attract a crowd wherever it lands.
“When it comes down to it, looks are a lot of what warbird ownership is about,” says Bear Aircraft CEO Skip Holm. Oozing WWII-era Grumman “Cat” styling, the Bear 360 certainly has “the look”: round engine, distinctive fuselage style and short, thin wings. The all-metal, flush-riveted construction offers a warbird’s solid look and feel. And all the metal parts are fully anodized, inside and out, to eliminate any corrosion issues.