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National Championship Air Races to Include Two Concerts this year

RENO, Nev. – For the first time in its 53 year history, the STIHL National Championship Air Races will feature two on-site concerts this year. The concerts, which will be on Friday and Saturday night, will occur after the day’s final air race and are free to race attendees. “We know that when the final air race is complete, it is sometimes a rush to the gate and our fans occasionally experience a traffic jam,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “This year, we are going to showcase two great bands after the final…

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National Championship Air Races In Running for 10Best Readers’ Choice Award for Best Air Show

Reno, Nev. – The STIHL National Championship Air Races is in the running for USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Award, in the category of Best Air Show and votes are now being recorded online for the number one air show. Working with a pair of air show experts, 10Best narrowed the field to the best 20 air shows in the nation. Voting is now open to select the top 10. “Everyone who has been to the STIHL National Championship Air Races knows it is truly the best air show on earth,” Reno Air Racing Association President and CEO Mike Crowell…

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National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar Attracts Record Number of Participants and Planes

Annual safety briefing and qualifying seminar for September races occurred last week Reno, Nev. – The 19th annual National Championship Air Races Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) was held last week, June 15-18, at the Reno Stead Airport. PRS is a qualifying and safety seminar for pilots new to the STIHL National Championship Air Races. This year’s event, which was not open to the public, hosted a record 79 airplanes and 130 participants, including students, instructors and certified pilots. “We are beyond excited to have hosted a record number of planes and participants at this year’s Pylon Racing Seminar, Mike Crowell,…

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U.S. Navy Blue Angels to Headline 2016 RARA Performers List

RENO, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced performers for the 2016 National Championship Air Races, to be held September 14 – 18, 2016 at the Reno-Stead Airport. The United States Navy’s Blue Angels will headline this year’s performers. The Wings of Blue United States Air Force (USAF) Jump Team will also perform and Jim Peitz will pilot an aerobatic Beechcraft F33C bonanza. Performers will also include the Lucas Oil Pitts, the Smoke ‘n Thunder Jet Car, and for the first time, an F-35A stationed at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona will join the line of…

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RARA Issues Call for Volunteers

RENO, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) issued a call for volunteers for this year’s National Championship Air Races, held September 14 – 18th at the Reno-Stead Airport. Volunteers are needed in areas including security/gate control, parking management, food & beverage services, hospitality, transportation services, ticket sales, site preparation, operations, logistics, and in the office. RARA will work with volunteers to schedule convenient days and time slots. Those who are interested in volunteering are encouraged to apply online: https://airrace.org/about-us/volunteer/. Questions may be directed to the Air Races office at (775) 972-6663.

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Wings of Blue

Wings of Blue to perform during the Opening Ceremonies at the 53rd National Championship Air Races. The Wings of Blue have a long standing commitment to personal and organizational excellence as well as a storied history of success. While the airspace that the Wings of Blue operates in is one of the busiest in the world, their drop zone is one of the safest. The primary mission of the Wings of Blue is to run the Air Force’s Basic Freefall Parachuting course, known as Airmanship 490 (AM-490). Members of the team serve primarily as jumpmasters and instructors for this course,…

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National Championship Air Races Projects Profit, Success for 2015 Event

– Blue Angels Set to Return for 2016 Event –

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has released preliminary results for the 2015 National Championship Air Races and is projecting a profit of over $100,000. Results will be finalized at year-end. The original budget for 2015 called for a $630,000 loss, so the projected profit is very good news for the event. Over 150,000 attended this year’s event with pilots racing in six classes, an airshow featuring Tora Tora Tora!, a reenactment of the events of Pearl Harbor, and many other displays including static aircraft and the expanded Drone Zone. Mike Crowell was named president and CEO…