What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 28, 2009
In the pits, crews work on systems and engines right up to the last minute. Miss America’s powerplant is a Packard-built Rolls Royce Merlin V-1650-7, modified to put out 3,000-horsepower. The airplane set a world speed record in 1969, flying from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. in 6 hours and 21 minutes at an average speed of 412 mph. In his win on Sunday, Miss America pilot Brent Hisey averaged 425.4 mph.