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Reno Air Races

This year's event will be held
September 16-20, 2015

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Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
A True Early Bird - Race #7 the "Roto-Finish Bearcat"
May 23, 2002, 18:50
According to the construction number, Race #7 the Roto-Finish Bearcat is one of the earliest production Bearcats still existing. The first owner was ED Weiner who bought it in 1959 and registered it as N6624C that same year...
Article By: Gary Williams
Photography By: Gerald Liang & Emil Strasser
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
#101 Perestroika - History
Dec 30, 2001, 14:30
Race #101 Perestroika history (in brief), race history, and aircraft history timeline (where she came from to where she is now)... courtesy of air race historians- Don "Bucky" Dawson and Gary Williams.
Article By: Pylon1
Photography By: Neal Nurmi
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
#101 Perestroika - Race Stats
Dec 30, 2001, 14:25
Race #101 - "Perestrokia" - Career Racing Stats 1987 thru 1993.
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Neal Nurmi
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
#101 Perestroika - In Profile
Dec 30, 2001, 14:20
Information on Unlimited Class Racer Perestroika race #101 - lists current race status, records, last race finish, and other general info.
Article By: Pylon1
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
Perestroika - the "Super Yak"
Dec 30, 2001, 14:15
Today's modern-era Unlimited Class race planes don't look much like their pre-WW2 Golden Age custom home-built counterparts. But at Reno '87, historic-minded devotees were startled somewhat by the appearance of two new rookie high-mod Unlimiteds...
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson, Mark Kallio & Neal Nurmi
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
The "Precious Metal" Story
Sep 26, 2001, 08:42
Like "The Naked City", there are a million stories pertaining to "Nose Art" and the naming of aircraft, this story is only one of them.
Article By: as experienced by Ralph Payne
Photography By: Gerald Liang & Emil Strasser
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
"Fat Cat" / "Iron Mistress" - Race #85 - Race Stats
May 13, 2001, 15:13
Race #85 - "Fat Cat" / "Iron Mistress" - Career Stats 1974 thru 1983. Also, aircraft history in brief NAA P-51D N311G.
Article By: Pylon1
Photography By: Chuck Aro
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
"Miss Fit" - Race #553 - Race Stats 1990-1992
Aug 13, 2000, 14:01
Race #553 - "Miss Fit" - Career Stats 1990 thru 1992. Also, aircraft history in brief NAA P-51D N5415V.
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Neal Nurmi
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
"Miss Merced" - the Vision becomes a Reality
Jul 14, 2000, 18:41
When we first brought you the new Miss Merced back in March of this year, we saw a beautifully restored Sea Fury almost ready for her first test flight - still adorning race #42 under her right wing...
Article By: Mark Kallio
Photography By: Mark Kallio
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
Czech Mate - The Yak is BACK!
Jul 4, 2000, 16:55
Getting ready for Reno 2000? Have a soft spot in your hearts for an underdog you say? Well, here's some really great news for the race fans that like to hang their hat on a different hook. The Yak is BACK!
Article By: Mark Kallio
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
"Habu" - Race #81 - Race Stats
Apr 14, 2000, 12:14
Race #81 - Habu - Career Stats 1981 thru 1984. Also, aircraft history in brief NAA P-51D N5449V.
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
"Habu" - Race #81 - North American P-51D - N5449V
Apr 14, 2000, 12:13
One of the great bygone big race teams of the past, was the Casper, Wyoming-based TIRED IRON AIR RACE TEAM, put together by Don Davis and his friends in 1981. Davis grew up there and got into aviation by flagging for sprayer outfits, and learned to fly. While working... (more)
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Neal Nurmi
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
"Ge Ge II" - Race #04/#81 - Race Stats
Apr 14, 2000, 12:12
Race #04 - Ge Ge II - Career Stats 1978 thru 1980. Also, aircraft history in brief NAA P-51D N5449V.
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
"Ge Ge II" - Race #04/#81 - North American P-51D - N5449V
Apr 14, 2000, 12:11
This beautiful Mustang first entered the Unlimited Class air race circuit at Reno '78 as a "Super-Stocker" - a term coined around then to describe those warbird Unlimiteds which retain an original stock military configuration, but for no obvious reasons - run consistently faster than their Medallion look-alikes... more
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Neal Nurmi
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
The new "Miss Merced"
Mar 7, 2000, 10:08
Under the careful and talented hands of the Sanders brothers, along with the new owners Steve Bolander's & Jim Michael's interest in restoring this aircraft reminiscent to her glory years, Miss Merced will once again be all what she once was - and then some!
Article By: Mark Kallio
Photography By: Mark Kallio
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
#42 Super Chief - Race Stats: 1988-1992
Mar 7, 2000, 10:07
Race #42 - "Super Chief" - Career Stats 1988 thru 1992. Also, aircraft history in brief Hawker Sea Fury FB MK11 - N878M.
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Detail
#87 Signal Truck Special/Miss Merced - Race Stats: 1966-1971
Mar 7, 2000, 10:06
Race #87 - "Signal Truck Special" / "Miss Merced" - Career Stats 1966 thru 1971. Also, aircraft history in brief Hawker Sea Fury FB MK11 - N878M.
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
Photography By: John Tegler Collection / via Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
#42 Super Chief 1988-1992
Mar 7, 2000, 10:05
The July 1984 issue of the National Air Racing group's 'Nag-Rag' newsletter gave a brief mention via member - Bill Miller, that old veteran Hawker Sea Fury - N878M's rebuild back to flying status as a new racer for owner/pilot Jim Mott was "coming along nicely and was intended to have a P&W R-4360!"
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Don "Bucky" Dawson & Mark Kallio
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
#87 Signal Truck Special/Miss Merced 1966-1971
Mar 7, 2000, 10:00
Thanks to new co-owners Stephen Bolander and James Michaels, and to Sea Fury gurus- Brian & Dennis Sanders at Sanders Aeronautics who are expertly race-prepping their bird accurately back into its original colorful scheme as the very first Sea Fury ever to race as an Unlimited - N878M will again return to competition this year at R2K.
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: John Tegler Collection / via Don "Bucky" Dawson
 
 
Air Racers : The Planes : In Focus
F2G Super Corsairs - Part 3: Corncob Corsair Racing Roots
Jan 1, 2000, 14:43
To all those attending or following the results of that first year of Post-WW2 pylon racing at Cleveland, it was obvious by the fighter aircraft types on hand to compete, the event was for the most part - an All-Air Force Show in the racing department. This fact was sorely-noted by the pilot of the only Navy-type there to race: Cook Cleland.... more
Article By: Don "Bucky" Dawson
Photography By: Hugh Young/Warren M. Bodie, Mark Kallio, Dr. Aaron King, Rob Mears & San Diego Air and Space Museum
 
 

 

 

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