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(Caroline Sheen)

Reno Wrap-up

What was hot—and what was not—at the 2009 National Championship Air Races.

Fast Flying

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.
(Caroline Sheen)

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.

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