Air Racing Today:- The Heavy Iron at Reno
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The whine of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, tweaked to double its maximum production horsepower, causes the ground to tremble as the steeply banked day-glo P-51 Mustang sizzles past the last pylon before the final stretch on the unlimited course in the Nevadan high desert.
Fast on the Mustang's heels is a mammoth Sea Fury, its polished aluminium fuselage and wings glistening in the afternoon sun. Then a succession of Mustangs, a veritable aerial stampede, whistles over the sagebrush, whipping up the air in contorted vortices.
This is a scene from modern air racing, where pilots push their aircraft to the limit. A pilot himself, Philip Handleman captures the breathtaking action of today's 'heavy iron' in dramatic colour photographs and fast-paced text.
This book covers the categories of greatest interest to the aviation enthusiast community. The concentration is on the T-6 and Unlimited Classes at the National Championship Air Races at Reno, Nevada. The daring pilots and the devoted crew are featured along with the intriguing aircraft. The 'nose art' of these colourful and decorative machines is highlighted in special sections of the book.