What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, September 28, 2009
With loudspeakers blaring Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” race fans, filmmakers, and reporters surround Steve Hinton, Jr. for a victory celebration. The winner has his arm around Strega owner and former race champion Bill “Tiger” Destefani. Though it’s unusual for Mom to be looking on in the Reno Winners Circle (that’s Karen Hinton in the ball cap and white T-shirt), it’s not unusual for a pilot this young to know how to handle a Mustang. As many race fans have pointed out, most warbirds in the Unlimited class were built during World War II to be flown by 19-year-olds.