Racing Planes of Fame
A visit to the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California is a tour through the history of air racing.
- By Linda Shiner
- AirSpaceMag.com, March 01, 2008
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"The airplanes at Reno are getting faster," he says. "The original T-33 had a J-33 jet engine. The Canadians built them under license and they used the Rolls-Royce Nene, and it has a lot more thrust. We felt that we should update our T-33, so we acquired one with a Nene engine.
"With that first T-33 we were in the first trial [jet] race they had up in Reno and Steve [Hinton] entered our T-33. Jimmy Leeward had a MiG-17. His swept-wing MiG-17 was much faster than the straight wing T-33. And to boot he had an afterburner. There were probably six or seven L-39s.
"Leeward was in the lead, Steve was second, and the L-39s were way, way in the back; they couldn't keep up. They went around the pylons and on the last lap, Jimmy turned his afterburner on." Maloney laughs, "Steve thought, 'oh, the heck with you' and he pulled out of the race. I'll never forget that."
After that trial, the race excluded jets with swept wings or afterburners.