Below are some of our 2019 performers. A preliminary 2019 schedule will be posted approximately a week before the event.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

The Thunderbirds have the privilege and responsibility to perform for people all around the world, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. In every hour-long demonstration, the team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about.

The sharply choreographed, drill-style ground ceremony kicks off the demonstration by showcasing the attention to detail and esprit de corps that defines our enlisted members. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, the crowd gets a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet.

STOL Drag Race Demonstration 

The world’s largest backcountry fly-in is making its way to the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races. STOL drag racing gives a new spin to traditional (short takeoff landing) competition top fuel drag racing style. The rules are simple, pilots fly a 3/4 mile straightaway down and back side by side, land on a marker and must come to a complete stop prior to turning around. The first pilot that comes to a complete stop wins.

Rob Holland

World-renowned aerobatic superstar Rob Holland is coming to the 2019 STIHL National Championship Air Races.

The only eight-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion, four-time world freestyle champion and 24-time international medal holder, Rob Holland is bringing his “Ultimate Airshow” to Reno.

Holland’s aircraft can pull 16 positive and negative g’s and can roll at an astonishing 500 degrees per second! Don’t miss your chance to see some of the most spectacular, gravity-defying aerobatics in the world as Rob Holland performs Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 15.

Commemorative Air Force

Commemorative Air Force

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will provide a spectacular aerial demonstration of authentic World War II aircraft including a F8F Bearcat, a F6F Hellcat, a PBJ Mitchell, and a A6M Zero. Collecting aircraft for nearly half a century, the CAF now ranks as one of the largest air forces in the world. The CAF was founded to acquire, restore and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all military services of the United States, and selected aircraft of other nations, for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans.

F 18 Legacy

F-18 Legacy Flight

The VFA-122 Demonstration Team will bring two FA-18E/F Super Hornet aircrafts to the 2019 National Championship Air Races. The F-18 will be joined by a historical Navy aircraft.

The demonstration portion of their show lasts approximately 8-12 minutes.

Lucas Oil

Lucas Oil Airshows

The demonstration portion of their showThe Lucas Oil Airshows Pitts Biplane flown by pilot Michael Wiskus features outrageous smoke and noise along with world-class aerobatics. His iconic 15 foot inverted ribbon cut flys him closer to the ground than the length of his wingspan (17 feet 4 inches). From double hammerhead rolls to slowing the airplane down to zero airspeed, this show will have people on the edge of their seats. Michael has owned the Lucas Oil Pitts S-1-11B since 2000 and, with the help of Tom Kerns, rebuilt it after purchasing it on Ebay as a wreck. The Lucas Oil Pitts has been extremely modified from its original build, adding full span ailerons for a 400º per second roll rate, 60% larger rudder and elevator for more authority, and a longer gear allowing Michael to stand the aircraft up in place without hitting the propeller. He truly pushes the limits of this incredible bird and the laws of physics leaving fans perplexed and amazed.