Air Racing Today by Philip Handleman
Heavy Iron at Reno

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Synopsis

The whine of a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine causes the ground to tremble as the steeply banked P-51, painted in day-glo colors, sizzles past the last pylon in the Nevada desert. Then a succession of Mustangs whistles over the sagebrush, whipping the air into contorted vortices. This is the scene played out each year at the Reno Air Races, where pilots push their "heavy iron" to the limit. Author and pilot Philip Handleman captures all the excitement and technological brilliance of the event with breathtaking color photography and an appropriately fast-paced text. The daring pilots and devoted crews are featured alongside the intriguing aircraft. A special section highlights the colorful "nose art" displayed on the aircraft.
 

About Philip Handleman

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Philip Handleman has been an active private pilot for more than 35 years and currently owns and flies two aircraft of military lineage, including an open-cockpit biplane primary trainer of World War II vintage. His deep attachment to the world of flight is reflected in the 19 aviation-related books he has written, including two previous works on the Reno Air Races.
 
Published September 13, 2001 by The Crowood Press Ltd. 112 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction