John Cooper Fitch understood how underdogs could be heroes. An Army Air Force pilot in WWII, Fitch, flying the prop-driven P-51 Mustang, became the first American pilot to shoot down a Messerschmitt Me 262, the world’s first jet fighter. After the war, Fitch became a hero race driver on tracks around the world. His victories in Chrysler-powered Cunninghams stunned established European marques, for which Fitch also drove with success.
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