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On February 14, 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT set a new world speed record for 2-seat sports cars by reaching a top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h). The test was performed at the Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2-mile Space Shuttle landing runway. Brian Smith, Director of Miller Motorsports Park, drove the Venom GT to its record speed. A representative from Racelogic, world-renowned maker of VBox GPS data-acquisition systems, was on hand to independently verify and document the Venom GT’s highest recorded speed. The Venom GT was powered with Pennzoil Platinum® with PurePlus™ Technology, a first of its kind synthetic motor oil made from natural gas. For more information please visit:

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Title “Courage”
Artist: Sean Brattan

Viva Italia! Continuing #WarbirdWeekend, pictured above is a pair of SM. 79 “Sparvieros” over Sciacca, Sicily in 1943.
The Italian trimotor Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero (“Sparrowhawk”), is a medium and torpedo bomber developed by, you guessed it, Italy. Originally designed as a monoplane passenger aircraft, it set world records as the fastest medium bomber for quite a while from 1937-39. Produced by Savoia-Marchetti from 1936-1945, it was powered by three Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34 radials and could reach speeds of up to 270mph at 13,940ft. The SM.79’s means of defense came in four, later five, Breda-SAFAT machine guns each 12.7 mm. Crews loved the aircraft and it gained the nickname “Gobbo Maledetto” (“Damned Hunchback”) due to it’s easily recognizable dorsal hump of the fuselage. The SM.79 first saw combat in the Spanish Civil War in 1936 with the Aviazione Legionaria, an Italian unit sent to assist Francisco Franco’s forces. It was used extensively by the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Royal Air Force), the National Republican Air Force (ANR), Royal Romanian Air Force (FARR), and the Spanish Air Force. It was operated by a handful of Axis powers including Nazi Germany and one Allied power, the UK. Four ex-Yugoslav SM.79s were flown by No. 17 Squadron RAF. The “Sparviero” saw service on every front in which the Italians were involved in World War II. During its six years of production from 1936-1945, exactly 1,350 were built. It was retired in Italy in 1952 and in 1959 in Romania.
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