Setting the fastest speed ever for a piston-engine, propeller-driven aircraft
Great Big Story has produced a compelling video documentary of superstar air racer Steven Hinton’s attempt to set a new world speed record for piston-engine propeller-driven aircraft. Steven Hinton is a superstar air racing pilot who has won the Unlimited Class in the National Championship Air Races at Reno 7 times. This new film beautifully tells the story of Steven’s and his family’s attempt to break this speed record, as his father Steve had previously done years ago. The standing record of 528mph by Lyle Shelton was the target to beat this time. Steven, in the ultra-modified P-51 Voodoo that he won Reno Gold with, was clocked on one lap at 554mph with overall average speed of 531mph on the 3 km closed course. Sponsored by Joe Clark and Aviation Partners, Inc., the event took place in Idaho. Special thanks to Bob & Chrissy Button & Family for donating this aircraft to Planes of Fame Air Museum.
Reno Champion Steven Hinton, flying the ultra-modified P-51 Mustang “Voodoo”, set the speed record of 531.53 mph on September 2, 2017, the fastest speed ever achieved for a piston engine propeller-driven aircraft.
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