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Team SteadFast

For the latest cover of RetroBomb Magazine we had the opportunity to photograph world record winning WWII warbird and Reno Racer Team SteadFast.

SteadFast is a Yakovlev Yak-3, a World War II Soviet fighter aircraft and considered by some as a superior aircraft to the P-51D Mustang and the Supermarine Spitfire. SteadFast is a late model version of the Yak3u and is powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2000 engine, William (Will) Whiteside set an official international speed record for piston-engined aircraft in the under-3,000 kg (6,615-pound) category on 10 October 2011, reaching 655 km/hr (407 mph) over a 3-km (1.863-mile) course at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the United States, greatly exceeding the previous record of 491 km (305 mph) set in 2002 by Jim Wright. The following day, Whiteside used the same aircraft to set an unofficial speed record for aircraft in the category of 670 km/hr (416 mph) over the same 3-km (1.863-mile) course.

We shot SteadFast at Archerfield Airport with pinup models Miss Deco Doll, Kat Creasey and pilot Nick joined us as well.

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