September 15, 2018

STIHL National Championship Air Races Announces Results from Saturday, September 15th

Reno, Nev.– The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announces the results of Saturday’s race heats held at Reno-Stead Airport on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

The STIHL National Championship Air Races kicked off on Saturday with the Welcoming Ceremonies, and the National Anthem sung by Sydney Hurley while the Nevada Air Guard presented the Colors. RARA recognized the Person of the Year, the highest honor of the organization, as Betty Sherman for her outstanding dedication to inspiring future aviators, her enthusiasm and support as a volunteer for over 30 years and for being a true ambassador of the STIHL National Championship Air Races.

All six classes of aircraft took the course in various heats throughout the day, along with performances from the Patriots Jet Team, Gene McNeely T-6 80th Anniversary Demo, the drag race of the Smoke N’ Thunder Jet Truck and the John Klatt’s Extra 300 L, John Klatt Airshows’ Screamin’ Sasquatch Jet Waco, Commemorative Air Force Demo, USAF F-16 Demonstration and P51 Heritage Flight, NVANG C-130 Tactical Air Drop with two C-130’s, HondaJet Flight Demo and the STIHL Lumberjack Show. The STEM Education Zone hosted hundreds of youth and attendees with education around aviation and technology,including 3D printing, drones and robotics. Fans explored the National Aviation Heritage Invitational (NAHI) outdoor exhibit of historical military aircraft and fans roamed the pits to take a closer look at the aircraft on display and the racing team’s areas.

The results from today’s race are as follows:

Unlimited Class Results:

Jet Class Results:

Sport Class Results:

T6 Class Results:

Formula One Results:

Biplane Class Results:

On Sunday, September 16thall six classes of aircraft will participate in the Gold Races with speeds reaching over 400 mph, all to see who will be the champion of the world’s fastest motosport! Tickets are on sale for the 55th annual STIHL National Championship Air Races, September 12-16, 2018 at Reno Stead Airport. For more information or to volunteer visit


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. Independent economic impact studies have shown that our event generates as much as $91.7 million annually for our local economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian 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