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On November 2, 1947, Howard Hughes and a small engineering crew fired up the R-4360s for taxi tests and thrilled thousands of on-lookers with an unannounced flight. With Howard Hughes at the controls, the Flying Boat lifted 70 feet off the water, and flew one mile in less than a minute at a top speed of 80 miles per hour before making a perfect landing.
Originally posted by paperplane_uk
Has to be the Vulcan and its designers. Anyone who in the 50's could make a heavy bomber with the performance of a fighter gets my vote.