U.S Air Force Thunderbirds



The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are an official air demonstration squadron proudly serving our country and providing air shows across the world. The American Airmen have an hour-long demonstration showcasing excellence and
celebrating American patriotism. As the jets take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip, spectators will get a glimpse of the awesome skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. Attendees on Friday, Sept. 17 will also be treated to a full 40-minute practice show.




For the first time ever the country’s newest fighter jet will take to the skies of the Reno Air Races. Fans will see America’s Airmen display the skill, capabilities and technology of the F35A Lightning II.

The F35A is the world’s most advanced multirole stealth fighter, boasting 43,000 pounds of thrust reaching up to Mach 1.6 (about 1,200 mph). The demonstration profile will last approximately 18 minutes and feature the jet’s extreme agility, speed and maneuverability.

The demonstration team is part of the 388th Fighter Wing out of Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The 388th Fighter Wing is currently the Air Force’s first combat-ready operational F-35 wing in the service. The team is made up of approximately 15 Airmen, to include the pilot, wingmen, maintenance and public affairs Airmen.



We’re excited to announce the addition of Tucker’s Air Patrol to our 2021 lineup. Pilot Eric Tucker’s aviation performance is a throwback to the glory days of barnstorming. His aircraft was built in 1941 and designed in the late twenties.

Tucker will be performing two distinct acts. The first is an eight-minute Dead Stick Aerobatics Act, where he will intentionally halt the engine from a mile high in the sky, stop the propeller and glide safely to the ground. That’s not the end of the first act though! While soaring through the air to the roar of the crowd he will also perform loops, rolls, spins and hammerheads. The second act is a 15-minute Comedy Act and Car-Top Landing, which you are going to have to see to believe.

Eric Tucker has flown in airshows across the world, in aircraft ranging from the J3 Cub to the Columbia 400. The J3 he currently flies is hard to miss with its bright yellow paint job sporting the logo of the STIHL National Championship Air Races’ official sunglass sponsor, Method Seven.

Jim Peitz Aerosports



Jim Peitz Aerosports has officially been added to the exciting line-up of performers at this year’s 2021 STIHL National Championship Air Races! Flying his CERTIFIED aerobatic Beechcraft F33C Bonanza, Jim delivers an amazing demonstration that will leave all who see it completely mesmerized! The specialized Bonanza is capable of a wide range of aerobatic maneuvers including loops, point rolls, barrel rolls, snap rolls, Cuban eights, and hammerheads.

Being the recipient of the most prestigious award in the airshow industry, the International Council of Airshows Sword of Excellence. Peitz has performed in a wide variety of airshow aircraft including eight years in a Christen Eagle, followed by a 14-year run in an Extra 300L, and now the F33C Beechcraft Bonanza for over 10 years. Peitz has previously performed at the National Championship Air Races including last year when he answered RARA’s frantic call for help after weather forced two scheduled performers to cancel during race week.

Jim believes, “Aviation is one of the greatest freedoms we enjoy in this country,” and we could not agree with him more!  Come out and see Jim along with the rest of the performers at the 2021 STIHL National Championship Air Races!



Tony Higa was born and raised in Okinawa Japan. In 1979, he made his first trip to the United States in order to watch the National Championship Air Races. Just four years later Tony moved to the United States in order to pursue his dream of racing in the Reno Air Races, becoming an aerobatic airshow pilot and to build his dream airplane, which you see him flying today.

Tony is well recognized in his home country of Japan, and has appeared on television, radio and publications for his achievements in aviation. He has a large following in the Japanese media.

In 1996, he was the first Japanese pilot to compete at the Unlimited World Aerobatic Championships in Oklahoma in a Pitts S2B.

Tony made his racing debut in the prestigious Reno Air Races in 2003 and has competed yearly since his first race flying at speeds over 200 miles per hour. This year will be Tony’s 18th consecutive year competing in Reno.

In 2016, Tony made an air show debut, Tony is also credentialed as an aerobatic pilot in a North American T6 Texan, SNJ & Harvard.

He would like to thank his sponsors and crews for supporting over the years and for helping him to achieve his dreams. Without them, it would not have been possible.



The premiere vintage aircraft competition, also known as NAHI, will shine up the ramp with some of the finest vintage aircraft in the country vying for the coveted Neil A. Armstrong Aviation Heritage Trophy. 

NAHI, presented by Perform Air International, was established more than two decades ago at the National Championship Air Races by Rolls-Royce, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Applications are due Aug. 15 at HeritageTrophy.com.

Participants are encouraged to register early as space is limited.

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