Who held the original speed record?

QUESTION: Who did Lt. Russell Maughan take the air speed record from when he set the record in March 1923?

Sue Hechinger
Flower Mound, Texas

ANSWER: Lt. Russell Maughan set his record in 1922, not 1923, when he won that year’s Pulitzer Race on Oct. 14 at 205.856 mph in a Curtiss R-6, beating a 1921 record set by Bert Acosta. The 1923 winner was Al Williams, some 40 mph faster than Maughan.

(Thanks to Thomas F. Norton for help on this answer!)

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