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Question #33384 posted on 02/19/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What is the world land speed record for a piston powered airplane?

- Was it at Reno?

A: Dear No, but kinda close,

The current world speed record (I'm going to assume you didn't mean 'land') for a piston-driven airplane is 528 mph, set in 1989 by Lyle Shelton in his modified Bearcat, Rare Bear. The record was set in Las Vegas, New Mexico. (Yes, I mean New Mexico, not Nevada, although that's what I thought at first.)

—Laser Jock