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Tributes Held for Pilot Lost at Air Races

Tributes Held for Pilot Lost at Air Races

The Reno Air Races will hold a tribute later this week for Lee Behel, the veteran pilot killed in a Monday crash at Reno-Stead Airport in Nevada.

Behel, a past champion at the Reno National Championship Air Races and a retired fighter pilot for the Nevada Air National Guard, died in a crash on Monday during a heat race at Reno-Stead Airport.

Behel, 64, was competing in the Sport Class — a class he helped found in 1998 and was president of — in his race plane, “Sweet Dreams,” an experimental GP-5, when it appeared to undergo a catastrophic mechanical failure and crashed at the north end of the racecourse at 3:16 p.m., according to Tim Spencer, the Air Races’ emergency operations director. Behel was the only person on board the single-engine aircraft.

For the complete story by Guy Clifton of the Reno Gazette-Journal, click here.

Photo by Lee Bethel

Updated: September 10, 2014 — 10:50 AM

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