The STIHL National Championship Air Races will return after a break from last year. The Air Races have been held for over 50 years, when the first plane went up in the Nevada desert. The races will be help September 15 – 19 this year and I hope that you will join me!
Carrying on the traditions of the Cleveland Air Races of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, our event in Reno is the last of its kind. First organized in 1964, the STIHL National Championship Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. This is also one of my favorite events in Reno! There’s nothing quite like the cheering of the crowd, the roaring of the powerful engines, and the feeling of your pounding heart from all of the excitement. Right in our own backyard, we have the fastest motorsport on Earth. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind thrill you have to see in person to believe!
Qualifying heats will begin ahead of the action on September 13 with a total of 155 pilots planning to test their mettle, flying one of 145 aircraft slated for the qualifying rounds. Earlier in the summer, pilots wishing to compete had to pass through a rookie school to gain initial certification to fly or renew their qualifications. The STOL Drag competition will return for a second time, with a total of 25 pilots toeing the line in this new event. There will also be demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey, F-35A Lightning II, Tucker’s Air Patrol and Jim Peitz Aerosports.
Enthusiasts on the ground can experience the National Aviation Heritage Invitation, the GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone, and the racing pits, where a lot of the action takes place.
About The Reno Air Racing Association:
The Reno Air Racing Association is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with donations being tax deductible. Our mission is to produce a first-class air racing and air show event that celebrates and perpetuates the world’s fastest motorsport. Fueled by decades of success, we’re committed to delivering a safe, entertaining and exhilarating experience for fans while also honoring our military, inspiring our youth and strengthening our community, economy and culture.
The Reno Air Racing Association Board of Directors, a small full-time staff and hundreds of volunteers work together to preserve this unique event. Staff members handle the thousands of details needed year-after-year, planning for the next event before the current one is completed. Approximately 2,500 volunteers serve in capacities ranging from course safety and security to event sequencing and air traffic control to race timing and scoring.