P-51 Airplanes Dominate In Reno
P-51s were 1-2 in the Breitling Gold Unlimited final a the National Championship Air Races at Reno Stead Airport on Sunday. Bill Destefani's Strega was more than nine seconds ahead of Dan Martin's Dago Red to claim the top prize at Reno. Destefani and Strega averaged a brisk 483.062 mph in a time of 8:19.249. Martin averaged 474.305 mph and September Fury, a Hawker Sea Fury flown by Michael Brown. Meanwhile Jon Sharp's Nemesis NXT set a record in the Super Sport Gold race with a speed of 392.252 mph.
In the T-6 class, Ken Dwelle flew his Tinkertoy to victory in a record speed of 244.523 mph, while Tom Aberley won the biplane class at 251.975 mph. Steve Senegal flew his AR-6 to victory in the F-1 class with a speed of 246.119 mph and in the jet class, Curt Brown clocked 507.124 mph in his L-29 to claim gold.