Tom Cassutt's midget legacy

Airline captain Tom Cassutt could scarcely have envisaged just how lasting the legacy of his midget air racer would be when, in the 1950s, his first creation took its competitive bow

The original Cassutt Racer, N20M, at Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1958.


Tom Cassutt buckling up in his second racer at Fort Wayne during the 1959 season.

It’s not difficult to visualise the self-styled world’s greatest racing pilot. Handlebar moustache, aviator sunglasses on a cloudy day, fireproof jumpsuit plastered with patches attesting to his future victories… and, oh, that swagger as he strolls across the ramp with a gorgeous blonde on either arm.

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