Historic Air Races Rock Reno This Week

Sep 10, 2013 No Comments by

Fifty years after racing planes first took to northern Nevada’s skies in 1964, the National Championship Air Races begins this week at Reno-Stead Airport with a one-of-a-kind celebration of flight. Boasting a full slate of top-notch entertainment and aerobatics and promising one of its most competitive and high-profile racing fields in recent memory, “the world’s fastest motorsport” has an array of events and activities planned to commemorate its landmark year including a rare U.S. performance by the Breitling Jetman.

And, it’s not without compelling storylines, as defending four-time Unlimited and Warbird Racing Class Breitling Gold champion Steve Hinton takes the helm of the fan-favorite North American P-51 Mustang “Voodoo,” racing against the plane he’s flown to victory four times previously, the legendary “Strega” now flown by longtime racer Matt Jackson. While some qualifying takes place early in the week, the event officially gets underway Wednesday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 15.

For video by KTVN-TV and the complete news release, click here. To visit the event website, click here.

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