Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association continues to secure additional performers to what will be one of the best line-ups of exciting entertainment in the history of the races. In addition to previously announced performers including the Tora, Tora, Tora Airshow, Breitling Jet Team and F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Reno Air Racing Association is proud to welcome aerobatics pilot David Martin, the Red Eagles Formation Team, Wings of Blue USAF Academy Jump Team and the Heritage Flight team to the 2015 National Championship Air Races held Sept. 16-20 at the Reno Stead Airport.
David Martin’s standards for excellence encompass every aspect of aviation from aircraft restoration to performing aerobatic shows. He is the consummate aviator with a passion that has consumed him his entire life. David flies a unique airshow that demonstrates the extraordinary maneuverability of his Breitling CAP 232. He is well known in the aerobatic community for his ability to tumble the plane in unparalleled style, accomplishing maneuvers never duplicated by others.
Aviation is a critical part of America’s history and its future, and the Red Eagles Formation Team, based in Southern California, is committed to not only promoting aviation, but inspiring the next generation of aviators. The team safely demonstrates essential skills developed by our military for use in operations around the world and then takes pride in passing those skills on to our youth. The Red Eagles are the only warbird formation aerobatics team on the West Coast and one of only a handful in all of North America.
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, devoting most of their time to teaching students about parachuting and training them to make unassisted freefall skydives. The Wings of Blue demonstration team travels across the country to airshows, sporting events and other venues to represent the Air Force in precision parachuting.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the Heritage Flight program was founded in 1997. The HF team currently consists of nine civilian pilots qualified to fly vintage warbirds in formation with modern USAF single-ship demonstration teams and F-4 pilots. Heritage Flights seek to honor the contributions of every man and woman who has served in the USAF while educating the general public on the importance of the USAF and its mission.
Tickets are now on sale for the 52nd Annual National Championship Air Races held Sept. 16-20, 2015 at Reno-Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer go to: https://airrace.org.
About the Reno Air Racing Association:
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the STIHL National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. Last year’s event generated more than $66 million for the region’s economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations. For more information on the STIHL National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.