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Steve Hinton Jr is going to attempt to beat the current record held by Reno Bearcat Rarebear tomorrow (27th). In the Reno P-51 he usually races, Voodoo. It has had the wing modified among other things & a full paint strip, being finished in a hi gloss white. He acheived 565 mph in a dive with his ather following him down in an F-86.
I would have thought any airspeed record would be more valid if achieved in powered level flight, not just diving the knackers out of something and hoping the wings stay on!?
'You ought to learn to swim, Jimmy'