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Pylon Racing Seminar Sees Largest, Most Diverse Class

The annual “Rookie School” for the STIHL National Championship Air Races was held June 5-8 RENO, Nev. (June 17, 2019) —Training, preparation, practice and certification are all essential components in pilots participating in the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races. Each year the Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS), the only one of its kind, is held to help the pilots do just that. “We have a one-of-a-kind event and that takes one-of-a-kind training to ensure we are putting on the best race possible in the safest manner possible,” said Fred Telling, chairman and chief executive officer of the Reno Air Racing…

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Just How Fast Can a P-51 Mustang Go?

Military planes have been around for centuries. There is a multitude of types and sizes. Each plane has its own unique look, feel, and special features. One, in particular, the P-51 Mustang, comes in different versions and is among the fastest in military aircraft. What makes the P-51 Mustang so special and how fast can a P-51 Mustang go? Let’s find out! P-51 Mustang: The History This plane has been in commission since the 1940s, during WWII. The chief designer of North American Aviation suggested building a plane from the ground up, rather than continuing to produce another licensed fighter…

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Free Field Trip Signups Open!

The GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone is returning in September bigger and better than ever. The annual activation at the STIHL National Championship Air Races is free to area youth. Registration is now open. “The STEM Discovery Zone is an incredible opportunity for youth to experience some fun, engaging STEM-based hands-on activities in an amazing setting, NVBAA and GRADD do a great job,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “We’re excited to expand the program again this year and are thankful to all who contribute by purchasing Air Race license plates through the Nevada DMV, or by direct donation…

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Rob Holland

Some call it impossible, others inspiring, many call it insane. Rob Holland calls it his day job. Pushing the limits of possibility is what Rob thrives on. The world-renowned aerobatic pilot will keep fans glued to their seats at this year’s STIHL National Championship Air Races when he performs Thursday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 15. When asked about his performance, Rob said “If you blink you are probably going to miss something.” And it’s no surprise when you hear he regularly pulls 16 positive and negative g’s and rolls at an astonishing 500 degrees per second in his fast-paced…

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The Thunderbirds are Coming!

After nearly a decade the world-famous Thunderbirds are returning to the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races. When the U.S. Air Force pilots take to the Nevada skies Sept. 14-15, spectators will be captivated by their impressive formation flying and daring solo routines. The Thunderbirds will perform nearly 40 maneuvers including a ground show and air demonstration that shows off the training and skill of the elite team of pilots as well as the extreme capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. Although an impressive sight to see, it’s not all for show. The Thunderbirds are part of the combat force…

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STIHL National Championship Air Races Now a Featured Event of Grunt Style Air Show Majors Tour

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 23, 2018 THE STIHL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AIR RACES INCLUDED AS A FEATURED EVENT IN THE GRUNT STYLE AIR SHOW MAJORS TOUR BEGINNING IN 2019 –Expanding the Audience of the World’s Fastest Motorsport – RENO, Nev. [October 23, 2018] – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is pleased to announce that the STIHL National Championship Air Races will be included in the Grunt Style Air Show Majors Tour beginning in 2019. Grunt Style Air Show Majors is the air show industry’s premier tour showcasing a collection of America’s most prestigious air shows and now will also feature…

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Win a Ride with the John Klatt Airshow Team with Purchase of Reserved Grandstand Tickets on Thursday 9/13!

Here is your chance to experience the ride of a lifetime! Everyone with Reserved Grandstand tickets for Thursday, September 13th will be automatically entered to win an exclusive FREE ride with the John Klatt Airshow team! This ride will take place at the end of the day following the races and after all performances on Thursday’s schedule. Feel the speed and thrill of riding with one of our performers at the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races! Rider must meet requirements: Must be 18 years or older, generally in good health, under 6’2’’ in height and must weigh less…

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Patriots Jet Team

The Patriots Jet Team will return to the Reno sky this year to entertain and thrill the spectators with its exhilarating aerobatic performances! The Patriots Jet Team is the largest civilian-owned aerobatic jet team in the western hemisphere and features pilots who were formally U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Patriots Jet Team owner, Randy Howell had a vision of creating a six-jet aerobatic demonstration team that could entertain, inspire and educate today’s youth and he made this vision a reality beginning in 2004. The volunteer pilots all share the same genuine passion for entertaining audiences at…

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RARA Will Display Air Racing Plane at “The Biggest Little Birthday” Reno 150 Celebration

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) will be participating as a vendor at “The Biggest Little Birthday” Reno 150 Celebration at Greater Nevada Field on Wednesday, May 9 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. RARA will display a race plane and have a booth at the event where discounted General Admission tickets will be available for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races. “We are excited to be participating in Reno’s 150th birthday celebration,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of RARA. “This is a great opportunity to celebrate this great city, talk to our community about the upcoming STIHL National Championship…

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RARA Announces “GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone” at 54th National Championship Air Races

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 14, 2017 RARA Announces “GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone” at 54th National Championship Air Races Reno, NV – The 54th National Championship Air Races today announced that as part of the 2017 event, Global Robot And Drone Deployment (GRADD) and the Nevada Business Aviation Association (NVBAA) will expand offerings for youth education and host the “GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone,” an area specifically designed to provide a richer science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and learning environment for youth of all ages, during race week. “GRADD and NVBAA have worked with the Air Races for…