Flight of the Porky Beagle

Wilkinson, Stephan
November 2007
Military History;Nov2007, Vol. 24 Issue 8, p22
The article looks at the history of the U.S. armed forces when warplanes were being used as sport planes. The Pulitzer Trophy Race, established in 1920 and held through 1925, was a closed-course race limited to American airplanes and pilots, since the follow-ons of the airplanes the French had developed for World War I were pretty much unbeatable. Most Pulitzer racers were officers in Army or Navy biplanes, and in six years they succeeded in raising their top straight-line speeds from 156 to 248 mph.


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