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Racing to a World Record in a Fighter Plane

To say the Hintons love World War II-era fighter planes would be an understatement. The family runs a museum dedicated to these victorious war machines—handbuilt with slide rule, pencil and paper—and raised their kids around the planes. Back in the day, Steve, Sr., held the world record for the fastest speed ever accomplished in a propeller-driven, piston-engine aircraft. He broke his back and legs in crashes along the way, but that hasn’t stopped him and his wife from encouraging their son towards his own racing dreams. Today, Steve, Jr., is vying to get the family name back on top—pushing to reach 535-mph in an aircraft whose days are numbered.


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