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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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Reno Air Racing Association Secures License Through 2020 for STIHL National Championship Air Races

RENO, Nev. (May 24, 2019) —The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced today that the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority (RTAA) has approved to extend the event license agreement through 2020. The rolling two-year agreement will continue to renew annually. “The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is proud to continue its long-term relationship with the historic Reno Air Racing Association,” Marily Mora, President/CEO of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said. “The races are more than a tradition, they are an iconic aviation event known worldwide. We look forward to working with the RARA team in 2019 and 2020.” The licensing agreement ensures the STIHL National…

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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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Reno Air Racing Association Welcomes New Staff Members

Reno Air Racing Association recently hired two new staff members. Seonga McNeal joins as event services and communications coordinator and Larri Picker fills the position of executive assistant and human resources. “In their short time here, Seonga and Larri have already made significant contributions to the organization,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “They have jumped in with both feet, displayed a positive attitude, and we are very happy to have them on our team.” Seonga McNealA graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism, Seonga is a Reno native with more than a decade of experience in…

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Free STIHL National Championship Air Races Field Trip Signups Open

The STEM Discovery Zone returns this September RENO, Nev. (May 8, 2019) —The STIHL National Championship Air Races’ free annual GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone is returning in September bigger and better than ever. Educators and those interested in bringing youth to the free STEM learning hub are encouraged to sign up soon. “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…

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Reno Air Racing Association Welcomes New Board Members

RENO, Nev. (February 12, 2019) —Reno Air Racing Association announces the addition of two new members to the board of directors in 2019 and the departure of longtime board member and former board chairman John Agather. “I can’t thank John enough for his passion and dedication to this organization,” said Fred Telling, chairman of the board of directors. “His work has left an undeniable impact on the STIHL National Championship Air Races, helping to propel the event forward. We look forward to seeing his continued involvement on the chairman’s advisory committee. We are delighted to add Mark Bailey and Todd…

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STIHL National Championship Air Races Set For September 11-15

RENO, Nev. (February 4, 2019) — Aviation tradition returns to Reno, Nev. this September with the STIHL National Championship Air Races. The event brings aviation enthusiasts from around the world to experience a legendary show and one of the last events of its kind. For one week, the high desert north of Reno becomes home to hundreds of aircraft, their pilots and crews, many eager to compete in heart-pounding head-to-head air racing. Qualified competitors vie for the top spot in six racing classes including Unlimited, Jet, Sport, T-6, Formula One and Biplane. The event also features civilian and military flight…

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National Aviation Heritage Invitational Returns to Reno

Reno, Nev. (January 28, 2019) – Applications are now open for the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI). The premiere vintage aircraft competition will take place on the ramp at the STIHL National Championship Air Races, Sept. 11-15, 2019 in Reno, Nev. Applications are due Aug. 15, space is limited. “This competition is as unique as the races themselves,” said Tony Logoteta, COO of the National Championship Air Races. “We are excited to have it return to its birthplace and feature some of the finest restored vintage aircraft in the country.” NAHI was established more than two decades ago at the…

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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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Thunderbirds to Headline 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races

U.S. Air Force will perform in Reno Sept. 14 & 15 RENO, Nev. (January 8, 2018) — The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will take to the Nevada skies next September for the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races. The annual event returns Sept. 11–15, 2019 with heart-pounding head-to-head air racing, civilian and military flight demonstrations, static aircraft displays, food and merchandise vendors and new additions set for 2019. “It’s been nearly 10 years since we’ve had the honor of watching the Thunderbirds right here in Reno,” said Tony Logoteta, Reno Air Racing Association chief operating officer. “They put on a…