On May 23, Palm Beach-resident Doug Matthews set several aeronautical records at the controls of his P-51D Mustang “The Rebel”. The records included time to reach altitudes of 9,000 m (approx. 30,000 ft, reached in 18 minutes) and 12,000 m (approx. 40,000 ft, in 31 minutes), as well as altitude records: 40,100 ft in level flight and 42,500 ft of maximum altitude.
These records are currently being examined by the U.S. National Aeronautics Association (NAA) and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). If they are approved, Matthews will join the “100 Club”, reserved to aviators who have set over one hundred American and international records.