(huge thanks to Bill Braack for the image)
While we wait for a record breaker, another (potential) one caught my eye the other day:
"An amateur aircraft designer can tailor a plane to fit his or her precise requirements, no matter how outlandish. Take David Rose. Inside his hangar at Montgomery Field in San Diego, this former airline pilot is building a machine that he hopes will earn him aeronautical immortality.
If all goes according to plan, a thunderously overpowered racing machine called RP-4 will reach a straight and level speed in excess of 528.3 mph and become the world’s fastest piston-driven plane. The 22-year-old record is held by a modified World War II—era Grumman F8F Bearcat.”
"Navy-Curtiss Racer in which Lieut. A. J. Williams won the Pulitzer Race at 243.68 m.p.h. Later Lieut. Williams established a new world record of 266.6 m.p.h. for three kilometers straightaway. – photo, U.S. Navy.” (via)
“Jackie Cochran with the Staggerwing Beechcraft she flew in the 1937 Bendix Trophy Race. Finishing third, Cochran set a women’s speed record of 203.9mph and established an altitude record of more than 30,000 feet. She would win overall first-place the next” (via)
(also: The Bendix Trophy)