Lyle Shelton

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Lyle Thomas Shelton (1934–2010) was an American aviator who set the world's absolute propeller-driven 3-kilometer speed record of 528.329 mph.He was born in Brownfield, Texas on June 15th, 1933. A former US Naval Aviator, he was an airline pilot for his professional career, flying for TWA Airlines. During his career at TWA, he flew Boeing 707s, 727s, Douglas DC-8s and the Lockheed L-1011. He retired from TWA in 1991.

As an air race pilot, he won ten Unlimited air races, more than any other pilot, and six U.S. national championships at the Reno National Championship Air Races second only to Darryl Greenamyer. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999.[1]

As an air race pilot, Lyle is best known for flying the highly modified Grumman F8F "Rare Bear" which he restored in 1969 and raced until his retirement from racing after the 1997 Reno National Championship Air Races.

Notable wins[edit]

  • 1971 Cape May
  • 1971 National point champion for Unlimited
  • 1973 Miami
  • 1973 Reno (Unlimited national champion)
  • 1973 National point champion for Unlimited
  • 1975 Reno (Unlimited national champion)
  • 1975 National point champion for Unlimited
  • 1976 Mojave
  • 1988 Hamilton
  • 1988 Reno (Unlimited national champion)
  • 1988 National point champion for Unlimited
  • 1989 Reno (Unlimited national champion)
  • 1989 National point champion for Unlimited
  • 1990 Reno (Unlimited national champion)
  • 1990 National point champion for Unlimited
  • 1991 Reno (Unlimited national champion)
  • 1991 National point champion for Unlimited

Notable speed records[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Motorsports Hall of Fame. Retrieved 14 July 2011.