Steve Hinton Named Air Show Buzz POY
Air Show Buzz (ASB), a media company that delivers a multitude of offerings to aviation enthusiasts including live video coverage of the International Council of Air Shows awards banquet, has selected Steve Hinton as the recipient of the ASB Person of the Year Award. The prestigious and highly coveted award is given each year to an air show icon that captures the passion of flight, and this past year Hinton was no exception after becoming the youngest pilot to win the top prize at the Reno National Championship Air Races and Air Show, Reno, Nevada, in September. Hinton was awarded the prize, which includes a custom-made plaque.
“Steve is a prodigy in the air show arena and the most deserving of this celebrated award,” stated ASB’s Ed Shipley. “With decades of success ahead of him, Steve joins legends Max and Rob as the best among his fellow aviators.”
Hinton said, “Being honored as ASB’s Person of the Year is incredible. Having won the Gold Jacket and becoming the youngest Unlimited Gold Champion and now being recognized by ASB, 2009 was a year I will never forget. I am proud of this accomplishment and the statement it makes, and I thank ASB for recognizing me with this coveted award.”
This past year, Hinton flew the Strega, the highly modified P-51, to victory in the Unlimited Breitling Gold Race in Reno, Nevada. He won with an average speed of 491.822 mph in a time of 8:10.357, almost 13 seconds ahead of John Penney in Rare Bear, an F8F Bearcat. It was only Hinton’s second appearance in the Unlimited Class, but he’s been around the sport since he attended his first Reno races when he was two weeks old. His father is a two-time Unlimited Champion.
Hinton has a legacy in the business, as his father, the elder Steve Hinton (EAA 181203, Warbirds 12506) is an EAA Warbirds member and Hall of Fame inductee (2005). The elder Hinton is also president of the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California.
Previous winners of the ASB Person of the Year Award include 2007’s recipient U.S. Air Force Major Paul “Max” Moga, who was the first Air Force F-22 Raptor demo pilot, and 2008’s recipient Advanced World Aerobatic Champion Rob Holland.