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RARA Mourns the Passing of William “Bill” Kerchenfaut

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Friends and Fans Mourn the Passing of William “Bill” Kerchenfaut By: Scott Germain Air racing, as a sport and a family, lost a pioneer and luminary during the early morning hours of Friday, November 11, 2016. William “Bill” Kerchanfaut passed away in Santa Clara, California, after suffering a stroke several days earlier. His sister and close friends were with him. “Kerch,” as he was known to frien ...[Read More]

Remembering R.A. “Bob” Hoover

The National Championship Air Races were saddened to learn this morning of the passing of R.A. “Bob” Hoover. An accomplished pilot himself with an air show career that spanned nearly 50 years, we were honored to have Bob join us in September at this year’s races. Described as “the best stick and rudder man” who ever lived, Bob entertained in Reno for many years. Bob was a f ...[Read More]

Op-Ed in the Reno Gazette-Journal

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Our President/CEO wrote an op-ed, which was published in the Reno Gazette-Journal. You can read the full article here. Thanks for your continued support of the National Championship Air Races!

Updated Historical Race Report Data

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Missing the Air Races already? Well, you are in luck. We’ve been working on updating the historical race results pages by adding new information from previous years. If you want to take a look, click here.

The 53rd National Championship Air Races – Final Results

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Reno, Nev. – The 53rd National Championship Air Races are the world’s premier air racing event. Final results are below: UNLIMITED CLASS Plane: “Voodoo” Pilot: Steven Hinton JET CLASS Plane: “American Spirit” Pilot: Rick Vandam SPORT CLASS Plane: “Race 39” Pilot: Jeff LaVelle T-6 CLASS Plane: “Baron’s Revenge” Pilot: Chris Rushing FORMULA ONE Plane: “Fraed Naught” Pilot: Lowell Slatter BI-PLANE CL ...[Read More]

Friday and Saturday Evening Concert Location

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The National Championship Air Races will hold two free to race attendees concerts this year. The first is on The Nick Lawrence Band on Friday evening and the second is The Juantanamos on Saturday. Both concerts will occur after the final race in the hangar next to the Checkered Flag Club. The hangar is located inside the pit gates and near the concession area. Find the full event planning schedule ...[Read More]

STIHL Signs On As Presenting Sponsor of the National Championship Air Races

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Company was a gold sponsor of the NBC Sports show last year Reno, Nev. – The National Championship Air Races today announced that STIHL has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the 2016 and 2017 races. “STIHL partnered with us last year as a gold sponsor of the NBC Sports show and we are thrilled that they have decided to come on board in such a big way as the presenting sponsor of the 53rd and ...[Read More]


National Championship Air Races

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) will hold a mock emergency tabletop exercise this coming Tuesday, August 23rd from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Regional Emergency Operations Center. The media is invited to attend. “As a large scale event held just north of Reno every year, it is incredibly important to increase awareness among staff and stakeholders about what to do if an incident should ...[Read More]

National Championship Air Races Partners with Costco to Sell Tickets

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Costco members in N. NV and N. CA can now purchase discounted tickets Reno, Nev. – The National Championship Air Races has partnered with select Costco stores in northern Nevada and northern California to sell tickets to the National Championship Air Races. Costco members can now purchase discounted two-day Saturday and Sunday General Admission tickets to this year’s Air Races, to be held Septembe ...[Read More]

Last Call for Media Credentials

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The deadline to apply for media credentials is next Monday, August 15th. If you’ve already applied and received a confirmation email, there is no need to apply again. If you have applied, but have not received a confirmation email, please contact If you have not yet applied and are hoping to cover the 53rd National Championship Air Races, please apply here by next Monday.