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.

The winner of the first Schneider Trophy race was France with a Deperdussin. The replica can float; the original won the race in 1913 with a speed of about 46 mph. (Frank Mormillo)

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"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.

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