There are two interesting articles that you might want to read on the Air & Space Smithsonian website.
One is an interview with ten pilots who fly restored or replica antique aircraft – we’re talking the 1911 and WWI versions. There are some interesting comments by the pilots, such as this one from Mark Holliday about flying the Fokker DR1 Triplane
It doesn’t carry enough fuel—thank goodness—so it flies only about an hour and 15 minutes. After that, you’re just grateful to land and stretch your legs.
The second article is on the same website but is about more modern flying. The article describes the development and flight of two unconventional Reno Racers, Tsunami and the Pond Racer. The article goes into detail about the design decisions and the results of the decisions as each team tried to take over the top spot in the unlimited race.