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Competitors Announced for STIHL National Championship Air Races

RENO, Nev. (August 12, 2021) – The field is set for this year’s STIHL National Championship Air Races with 145 planes and 155 pilots racing for glory Sept. 15-19 just north of downtown Reno, Nev. Hours of preparation, certification and practice brings one of the largest fields of racers to the outdoor event. This year is the first year the field includes the event’s newest racing class, STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) Drag, with an impressive 25 competitors looking to take home the first championship in the sport that has become a social media phenomenon. While the core of the…

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Wings of Hope Announced as National Aviation Heritage Invitational Sponsor

RENO, Nev. (Aug. 9, 2021) – The STIHL National Championship Air Races and the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) are proud to announce that Wings of Hope will sponsor this year’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy trophy at the invitational event held Sept. 15-19. “We are thrilled to have Wings of Hope join us this year as we usher in the 2021 National Aviation Heritage Invitational,” said Ken Perich, Chairman and Executive Director of NAHI. “With such an honorable mission their sponsorship means a great deal.” Wings of Hope is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization saving lives through the power of aviation….

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Reno Air Racing Association Announces New Military Performer, Ticket Discounts

RENO, Nev. (August 5, 2021) –  The STIHL National Championship Air Races will feature a demonstration by one of the world’s most unique aircraft – the U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey. Part plane part helicopter, the Osprey has vertical takeoff and landing as well as short takeoff and landing capabilities. With an impressive show planned the Reno Air Racing Association also announced online ticket discounts for locals. “Our community has been so incredible over the last year and we are honored to bring back Military Appreciation Day and introduce some new discounts for residents,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of the…

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STIHL National Championship Air Races “Rookie School” a Success

RENO, Nev. (July 20, 2021) – To many the STIHL National Championship Air Races is about history with veteran race pilots returning each year to best their opponents. But for some pilots this is a fresh new way to test their skills. The Reno Air Racing Association’s Pylon Racing Seminar or “Rookie School” recently saw 24 students receive their certification to race this September. “Seeing new racers discover the love of head-to-head air racing, mastering their skill and doing it all with our incredible veteran instructors makes for a fun week,” said Fred Telling CEO and Chairman of the Reno…

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World Renown Aerobatic Pilot, Sean D. Tucker to assist in presentation of Trophies at the 2021 National Aviation Heritage Invitational

RENO, Nev. (July 7, 2021) – The National Aviation Heritage Invitation is honored to announce Sean D. Tucker as a trophy presenter this September. Held each year during the STIHL National Championship Air Races, the vintage aircraft competition will return September 15-19, 2021. “We are delighted to have National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinee, Sean D. Tucker join us this year at the National Aviation Heritage Invitational,” said Fred Telling, CEO and Chairman of the Reno Air Racing Association. “Sean has thrilled millions of fans with his awe-inspiring aerobatics for decades and has been an inspiration to many throughout his career.”…

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RENO AIR RACING ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2021 PERFORMERS

National Championship Air Races are scheduled for September 15–19, 2021 RENO, Nev. (April 23, 2021) – The STIHL National Championship Air Races are returning with an airshow lineup sure to impress. To complement the excitement of head-to-head air racing the Reno Air Racing Association has announced this year’s performers as well as the return of their title sponsor, STIHL Inc. “We are excited to see live racing again, and proud to return as the title sponsor,” said Roger Phelps, corporate communications manager of STIHL Inc. “There is no other event like this in the world, and we know that loyal…

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Tickets for 2021 STIHL National Championship Air Races on Sale April 7

RENO, Nev. (March 29, 2021) – Tickets for the 2021 STIHL National Championship Air Races will be available beginning Wednesday, April 7. Following a year delay the world’s fastest motorsport returns to the Reno skies for the 57th time September 15-19, 2021. “When we made the decision to cancel the 2020 races our team was disappointed but not deterred. We were determined to find a safe way to bring air racing back to Reno and have spent the last several months planning for 2021 and beyond,” said Fred Telling, CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA.) “We are ready…

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Reno Air Racing Association Announces Commitment to 2021 Event

RENO, Nev. (January 15, 2021) – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today that following the successful “Save The Races” fundraising campaign that ran from Nov. 13–Dec. 31, 2020 the National Championship Air Races will be returning for its 57th year Sept. 15–19, 2021 pending COVID-19 restrictions. “After canceling the 2020 event we found ourselves with a significant financial loss that we knew would be a tremendous challenge to overcome, but with the support of the air racing community, the RARA Board of Directors and STOL pilot Trent Palmer we were able to raise over $460,000 of our $500,000 goal,”…

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Reno Air Racing Association Faces Uncertain Future

Organization looking to raise $500,000 by year end RENO, Nev. (November 13, 2020) – After the heartache of canceling the 2020 National Championship Air Races due to COVID-19 the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is determined to bring the world’s fastest motorsport back to the high desert of Northern Nevada in 2021, but it won’t be possible without additional support. RARA, a charitable 501(c)3, is asking for help by launching a fundraising campaign to “Save The Races” with the goal of raising $500,000 by the end of the year. “Canceling was not a decision that was made lightly, and the…

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Saturday’s Jet Flyby Postponed

STIHL National Championship Air Races Jet Class will reschedule RENO, Nev. (Sept. 16, 2020) – Due to thick smoke blanketing the Reno-Tahoe area Saturday’s Jet Class flyby has been postponed to a later date. “Many members of our team are from out of the area and are unable to fly in due to the smoke, that coupled with the potential that the smoke may still be here Saturday has forced us  to postpone the flyby,” said Jeff Turney, Jet Class past President and founding member of jet racing at the STIHL National Championship Air Races. “Our team is still determined…