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The 1951 National Air races were held at Detroit Michigan. A 100 km circular course was set up with precise marker locations and speed measuring equipment for an attempt at a new world speed record over 100km. The attempt would be flown by Col. Fred Ascani in a factory stock North American Aircraft F-86E Sabre assigned to the USAF Flight Test Center at Edwards AFB, California. Col. Ascani launched at 3:18 pm on August 17 and landed 13 minutes later having set a new world record . His average speed over the 100 km course was 635.636 mph, and Col. Ascani was awarded the Thompson Trophy on August 19. This painting was featured on the cover of Golden Pylons the Journal of Air Racing Historians


Original painting is available for purchase. Acrylic on canvas 16 inches x 20 inches. 


Signed open edition giclee prints are available for $110.00 plus $10.00 shipping. Print size in inches: 16 x 20 on 18 x 24 paper.


  • All orders are handled and fulfilled by the artist including packaging and shipping. A shipping fee of $10.00 is charged for prints mailed in the United States. Prints are sent in protective packaging including acid free paper.

    Lastly, all customers are contacted and notified with an arrival date and an air bill for tracking purposes.

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