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Thursday, September 4, 2014

National Championship Air Races (Part 1)



The National Championship Air Races will begin next week in Reno, NV. This is your count-down to the world's fastest motor sport - 2014. Some of the highlights of those races will be featured on this blog since I'll be there all week with my camera and unlimited and unfettered access from the aircraft pits and shops to the flight line. (I should have been a reporter for Fox News, but I fear that I'm nowhere near pretty enough)

Racing Biplane
The Air Races feature multi-lap, multi-aircraft races between extremely high performance aircraft on closed ovoid courses, which range between about 3 miles (Biplanes and Formula One) and about 8 miles (Jet, Unlimited) in length per lap.

Formula 1 Racing Aircraft
The first Reno air races, in 1964 and 1965, took place at Sky Ranch airfield, a dirt strip barely 2,000 feet (610 m) long, which was located in present-day Spanish Springs (near Reno). After Stead Air Force Base was closed in 1966, that field was turned over for public use and the races have been held there since then.

Reno-Stead Airport today is being reborn once again as the UAV test flight center for Northern Nevada. There will be a "DRONE ZONE" at the air races for the first time this year. The FAA will not let drone aircraft race each other unless they are inside of a tent or netted enclosure...unless children want to race them as privately owned (no insurance) hobby aircraft. Then they can race where and when they want to.

Tuning the Bearcat

16 comments:

  1. Fun! Looking forward to the pics.

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    1. Maybe next year you will attend the air races and bring the kids?

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    2. My son would especially love it. He has that typical vehicle-obsessed male gene, which tickles me.

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    3. FAST AND LOUD characterizes the races.

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    4. vrooom, zooma zooma BEEEP BEEP. (just speaking y'all's language.)

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    5. You have it down. Well done.

      FLY FAST
      FLY LOW
      TURN LEFT

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  2. I trust you come in first, LL.

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    1. Oh that I had an aircraft in that race. Now THAT would be something to add to the bucket list.

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  3. Oh... ENVY! :-) And if you're not kicking up dust, you're NOT low enough...

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    1. If you don't snap off a piece of the ship's mast, you really didn't "rig" the ship...

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    2. If you don't leave the occasional dead fish in your prop wash, you're not low enough either...or so I've been told.

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  5. Or bring home tree limbs in your landing gear during night blacked-out low-level operations...

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    1. If you didn't do that, you were a wimp.

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  6. Well that looks like a WHOLE LOT OF FUN!

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