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  • Reno Air Races 2015 Recap – Part 1

    10/02/2015 11:37:02 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | September 30, 2015 | Marilyn Dash
    What a great time! What a crowd! What amazing racing! This was the best year in a long time! The week started out with great weather but lots of smoke from the many fires in California. When the wind blew in, the smoke blew out – but the winds brought a new set of issues. The wind was so bad on Sunday, several classes had to stand down from their allotted course time because the winds were above their limits – as addressed in the Rules of Competition. But by Monday, everyone was back on the course and qualifying began...
  • Reno Crowd Agrees: “Best Race I Ever Saw!” (w/video)

    09/21/2014 9:40:48 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    Air & Space Magazine ^ | September 16, 2014 | Linda Shiner
    At the end of the closest race in the 51-year history of the National Championship Air Races, seven-time race champion Tiger Destefani came within a spinner’s length of stealing first place from rival and one-time protégé Steve Hinton. The photo finish ... came at the end of Saturday’s Unlimited Gold Race, run to determine positions for the final championship event the following day, Sunday, September 14. After flying a high course for all eight laps, Destefani, in the red-and-white Mustang Strega—which Destefani owns and Hinton flew to four straight Gold wins beginning in 2009—traded altitude for speed and plunged toward...
  • UPDATE: Pilot Killed In Reno Air Races Crash Remembered As Founder Of Sport Class

    09/09/2014 10:25:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    KOVR CBS 13 Sacramento ^ | September 8, 2014 | Steve Large
    The Reno Fire Chief tells CBS13 the plane fell apart in the air, as it was flying low through an obstacle course during the qualifying stage of the Reno National Air Race Championships. The plane quickly hit the ground, killing Lee Behel, 64 of San Jose, a man well-known in the air racing community.
  • Saving the Reno Air Races

    04/02/2014 10:17:37 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | March 31, 2014 | Marilyn Dash
    What can be done to save the Reno Air Races? This is the question posed to me by so many of the Air Racing fans. We know changes are being made – but – are they enough. Are these changes coming too late, what are the signs we should be looking for to see if the changes are working? ... Tell me why, the day after Steven Hinton won his 5th Championship he was not being interviewed on Good Morning America, Today and the Tonight Show? This young man has unprecedented achievements and no one knows his name. I’ve said...
  • The Future of the Reno Air Races…

    01/03/2014 2:03:45 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | January 1, 2014 | Marilyn Dash
    *** Since this column was written, Mike Houghton, the President of RARA has been let go. The Board of Directors will be taking over the day to day operations. We plan to continue coverage of the Future of Air Racing. Keep the faith, fans.  Since the Galloping Ghost crash of 2011, the Air Races have been plagued with financial concerns and rumors about closing the doors. In the last few months, Mike Houghton, RARA President, has been talking about this year’s event being in jeopardy if $500,000 was not raised by December 15th. Just in the nick of time, we...
  • The 50th National Championship Air Races -- Wrap-up -- Part 1

    09/30/2013 2:38:01 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | September 30, 2013 | Marilyn Dash
    Well, the 50th is in the books. The same kid won, but he was riding a different horse. There was good, there was bad, and there was not a lot of ugly, thankfully. Let’s get started with the review. The UWRC (AKA Unlimiteds) competitors were few and far between, with only 15 racers showing up for race week. But, the big iron was there. Returning champ, Strega, along with Voodoo, Rare Bear, Czech Mate, 232 and Dreadnaught all have the pedigree. All of them could win; nearly all of them HAVE won. But, it was Bob Button’s year --- finally.
  • 50th Anniversary of the National Championship Air Races

    08/31/2013 2:59:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 11 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | August 31, 2013 | Marilyn Dash
    It's that time again. The crews are making the final touches on the race planes and the pilots are testing and growing more focused every day. The drama that is Air Racing is ready to play out in front of our incredibly loyal fans. Let’s take a look at who will be there and what to expect...
  • Innovation at the Reno Air Races...

    07/30/2013 10:59:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | July 30, 2013 | Marilyn Dash
    With all the drama surrounding the transition from the old Unlimited Class to the new, the fans are forgetting about the other five classes of racing. I've decided to give focus this month’s column on the other classes, the innovators and racers who we don’t hear about on the forums. Who they are and what to look for this year – but let’s start with why the fans aren't as enamored with these classes, and why maybe they should be. Air Racing through the years was always about technical advancements -- especially for civil aviation. Among the first races in...
  • Despite Risks, Pilots Keep Returning to Air Races (Reno)

    09/14/2012 7:15:40 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    KTVN Channel 2 Reno-Tahoe ^ | September 11, 2012 | Paul Nelson
    Flying around an 8-mile track at 500 miles per hour is something most of us probably can't comprehend. But for many pilots, it's a lot like Christmas, in September. "The biggest part of that is not so much getting and opening up the presents, it's seeing your family," Will Whiteside said. "These guys and gals up here have become, over the past ten years for me, my family." "If you miss it, you feel a void in your life," Marilyn Dash said. "When I started racing about ten years ago, I couldn't imagine doing anything else with my September except...
  • Reno Air Racing Prep - 2012

    09/03/2012 5:06:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 38 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | September 3, 2012 | Marilyn Dash
    Keeping up with the news surrounding the Reno Air Races this year has been exhausting. Racers and fans alike have so many questions, i.e., are we racing, what changes will we see, who will be there, who won’t, will the fans notice any changes? These are all good questions. I hope that I have, through this column, helped everyone understand what the process has been following the horrific event of September 16, 2011. I have tried to listen to the questions the fans have been asking and answer them here.
  • Reno air races get a new name; 'it's a mouthful'

    08/16/2012 3:53:24 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Reno Gazette-Journal | August 15, 2012 | Bill O’Driscoll
    Link only per agreement with Gannett Company.
  • Blue Ribbon Panel to Release Recommendations for Future Air Races (Reno)

    05/22/2012 11:30:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 8 replies
    AP via KOLO-TV ^ | May 22, 2012
    A blue ribbon panel of experts reviewing the deadly crash at last year's National Championship Air Races in Reno is making a number of recommendations to make the event safer but none would prevent the competition from continuing as scheduled in September, officials told The Associated Press.
  • New film celebrates air racing after tragic crash (with video clip)

    04/11/2012 11:35:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 11, 2012 | John Blackstone
    The National Transportation and Safety Board Tuesday released an interim report on its investigation into the 2011 air racing crash that killed 11 and injured scores in Reno. Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairman, said, "Our investigation found that this pilot in this airplane had never flown this fast on this course." ... Before the crash, filmmaker Christian Fry had just finished shooting "Air Racers 3-D." He'd been a fan for years. Fry said, "It was one of those events when the minute you walk through the gate, you go, 'Wow, this is something special.' And I just knew that I wanted...
  • Safety of popular air shows, races under scrutiny

    01/09/2012 12:49:51 PM PST · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    AP via MSNBC ^ | January 8, 2012 | Joan Lowy
    Despite suffering severe injuries in the worst air race accident in the U.S. in more than a half a century, some victims have told their lawyer they would like to attend future races.
  • Aftermath: The Reno Air Race Crash

    12/30/2011 8:12:41 PM PST · by EveningStar · 44 replies · 2+ views
    Flying ^ | December 30, 2011 | Peter Garrison
    It will be a while before the NTSB issues its findings about the crash of The Galloping Ghost at the Reno Air Races this year. There were so many witnesses, however, and photographic and video coverage of the disastrous accident was so clear, that it did not take long for theorizing about the cause to converge on a single scenario.
  • Parker doctor rushed in after Reno air crash: Dr. Jonathan Apfelbaum recounts story

    11/20/2011 2:24:02 PM PST · by EveningStar · 16 replies
    Castle Rock News Press (Colorado) ^ | November 19, 2011 | Chris Michlewicz
    ...Bodies were strewn everywhere. Those who were unharmed scrambled in panic as the public address announcer attempted to calm them. That’s when Apfelbaum’s natural instinct kicked in. As an E.R. doc, Apfelbaum has seen his share of carnage. He has been among the first responders to air disasters that left no survivors. However, the aftermath of the Reno crash was unlike anything he had ever seen. Knowing that the available EMS crews would be overwhelmed, he hugged Julia, leapt over a fence and hitched a ride on a cart to get to the scene faster...
  • Lawsuit filed in Reno air race crash

    11/01/2011 4:38:49 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 79 replies
    AP via San Jose Mercury News ^ | November 1, 2011 | Ken Ritter
    The family of a Texas man killed when a racing aircraft crashed into spectators in the National Championship Air Races in Reno filed a $25 million lawsuit Tuesday against the pilot's family, a mechanic on the World War II-era aircraft and the Nevada organization that hosted the event.
  • Live Free or Die (PJTV Video - Ban the Air Races?))

    10/21/2011 3:52:00 PM PDT · by hattend · 11 replies ^ | Sept 29, 2011 | Bill Whittle
    Excellent response to the people who want to ban the Reno Air Races because of an accident. This guy GETS IT and I am a new fan.
  • Poll: Do you think the Reno National Championship Air Races should continue?

    09/21/2011 12:14:42 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 29 replies
    Attention Aero-Freepers: Poll: Do you think the Reno National Championship Air Races should continue at the Reno-Stead Airport in future years? Please click the link, scroll down to find the poll, and vote. Thank you. :)
  • Reno Air Races Crash. Interview with Unlimited Pilot

    09/20/2011 4:25:20 PM PDT · by mad_as_he$$ · 28 replies · 1+ views
    780 KKOH ^ | 9/19/2011 | Bill Manders
    Here is an interview on local Reno Talk Radio with Matt Jackson who is an Unlimited pilot and vice-president of the Unlimited Division. Click on the "listen" button for 9/19 and go to about 10 minutes in to hear the discussion.
  • The last nine seconds of the Galloping Ghost (Ignomini) Reno

    09/19/2011 10:05:30 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Ignomini Home ^ | Sept. 19, 2011 | Ignomini
    A discussion with pictures of the mechanical failure causing the Reno Air Race crash.
  • Police Say Nine Killed in Deadly Crash at Reno Air Show, as Probe Focuses on Wayward Part

    09/17/2011 6:31:59 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 82 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/17/2011 | AP
    RENO, Nev. – The death toll in the crash of a World War II-era plane during a Reno air race rose to nine people Saturday as investigators combed through wreckage and scoured amateur video clips to determine why the aircraft suddenly spiraled out of control and plummeted to the ground near hundreds of spectators. Read more:
  • Prayer Request! Two co-workers and their families injured at the Reno air races! [Update #19]

    09/17/2011 9:01:25 AM PDT · by MarkL · 18 replies · 1+ views
    9/17/2011 | Me
    Hi All, This is my first request of this type, so please bear with me. A few minutes ago, I learned that two of my co-workers and their families were attending the Air Races in Reno, and while details are few and far between, it seems that they were among the seriously injured. May I please request that you offer up a prayer, or just think good thoughts, about Brian, Bill, and their families, as well as all the others who died or were injured at the Air Races. Thanks for your time. Mark
  • Plane Crash at Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport

    09/16/2011 5:15:37 PM PDT · by umgud · 29 replies
    KTVN Channel 2 News Reno ^ | Sep 16, 2011 5:00 PM PDT | Kellene Stockwell
    Emergency crews are heading to a reported plane crash at the Reno-Stead Airport. The accident happened just before 4:30pm during the National Championship Air Races. Witnesses tell our reporter Chris Ciarlo planes in the unlimited race were ascending when a P51 Mustang started to nose dive and then crashed near a spectator stand in the southeast corner. Ciarlo says the plane was third in contention when the crash happened. The plane DID NOT hit the stands, it hit nearby tables instead. As a result, airport personnel and military are evacuating thousands of spectators. Several emergency vehicles are currently headed to...
  • Major Plane Crash at Reno Air Races Many dead [NTSB Update: 11 Dead; Over 50 Injured]]

    09/16/2011 5:15:07 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 288 replies · 1+ views
    16 Sep 2011 | vanity
    A P-51 crashed into a vip area at the reno air races about 25. Initial reports indicate many deaths.
  • Photos Suggest Pilot in Deadly Reno Air Crash Had Broken Seat, Aviation Expert Says

    09/20/2011 12:05:47 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 93 replies ^ | 9/20/11 |
    Newly released photographs of the deadly Nevada air racing disaster suggest the pilot in the crash may have become dislodged in the cockpit as a result of a broken seat, an aviation mechanic tells Fox News.
  • Vile: Ambulance chasing attorney sets up site for Reno Air Races crash victims

    09/19/2011 1:44:13 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 49 replies
  • Reno Race Accident Investigation Continues

    09/19/2011 7:18:13 AM PDT · by PilotDave · 186 replies
    Aero News Network ^ | Mon, Sep 19, 2011 | staff
    The NTSB has recovered 'components' which may be part of the P-51's horizontal stab and elevator... possibly even the elevator trim tab, which is a specified point of inquiry (as noted in previous ANN reports). The NTSB has received a significant amount of photographic and video evidence -- some of which show the process whereby the elevator trim tab separated from the horizontal stabilizer. There is no evidence of the much-reported 'Mayday' call. We are hearing a number of calls for additional regulation and FAA supervision... despite the fact that this is the first time in nearly 60 years that...
  • Plane Crashes Into Crowd at Nevada Air Race, Injuring More Than 75

    09/16/2011 7:05:20 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 122 replies
    DEVELOPING: RENO, Nev. -- An airplane crashed Friday into a crowd attending an air race here, injuring dozens in what one event official described as a "mass-casualty situation." A medical official later said more than 75 people had been injured, including 25 critically. There was no official word on deaths, though one report put the toll as high as 12 and the crash near the grandstands left a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage.
  • Official: Over 75 injured in Reno air race crash

    09/16/2011 6:16:44 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 54 replies
    CBS ^ | Sept 16 2011 | Ap and CBS
    <p>A World War II era fighter plane plunged into the grandstands Friday during a popular annual air show, injuring at least 75 spectators and leaving a horrific scene of bodies and wreckage.</p> <p>It wasn't immediately known how many people were killed, but a medical official said more than 75 people were injured.</p>
  • Reno Air Races promo videos

    08/10/2011 10:53:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Here are a couple fine video promos for the Reno Air Races. This is last year's promo. Some of you may recognize the pilot at the 2:53 mark. Reno Air Race Preview 2010 720 HD Here is this year's promo: Reno Air Races 2011 Promo Reno Air Racing Association - 2011 National Championship Air Races & Air Show - September 14-18, 2011 Here is more information if you wish to attend this year's races: Official site
  • Reno Air Races: The Race for the Races

    08/01/2011 8:31:39 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Pylon Place ^ | July 27, 2011 | Marilyn Dash
    Each year around this time, all of the race teams are fervently working to get everything ready for September. This year is no different, and if possible, this year seems even more active. As always, things change quickly – so what we are going to discuss today is what we have so far. Things may change – you never know!
  • Veteran pilots killed in plane crash

    03/18/2010 3:42:32 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies · 1,359+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | March 17, 2010 | Steve E. Swenson
    Two veteran pilots -- one a Bakersfield-based national champion in 2004 at a Reno air show -- were killed Wednesday in a World War II vintage airplane they've flown countless times before, according to friends at the crash scene in a canal and open farm field behind the Frito Lay plant. Al Goss, 68, the owner of the blue North American AT-6 (Advanced Training) "Texan" that was based in Shafter's Minter Field, and Steven Ballard, 54, a FedEx pilot from Anchorage, Alaska who worked on Goss's "Warlock team" at Minter Field, died at 11:34 a.m. when the AT-6 broke into...
  • Destefani captures 7th Reno air race championship

    09/16/2008 4:06:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies · 287+ views
    AP - Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 15, 2008
    After capturing his seventh championship at the Reno National Championship Air Races, Bill "Tiger" Destefani says he's laying off the throttle.
  • Pilot Dead in Plane Crash in Stead (Reno Air Races)

    09/06/2008 11:36:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 39 replies · 1,633+ views
    KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe ^ | September 6, 2008 | Arash Mosaleh
    A spokeswoman with the National Championship Air Races confirms to Channel 2 News that a pilot was killed in a plane wreck Saturday morning at Reno-Stead Airport...
  • Flying High in Reno

    08/30/2008 9:59:10 AM PDT · by Feiny · 48 replies · 685+ views
    SF Gate ^ | 8/29/2008 | Mark S. Bacon
    Marilyn Dash of Hayward, who took her first flying lesson nine years ago on her 37th birthday, is now tearing around pylons at 180 miles per hour, 50 feet off the ground in her souped-up biplane, surrounded by a swarm of other planes all dashing to a finish line in the air. Dash will be one of more than 150 pilots competing in six classes of aircraft - from biplanes to jets - when the National Championship Air Races and Air Show take off Sept. 10 to 14 in Reno. In addition to dozens of wingtip-to-wingtip races at as much...
  • FReepers Go to the Races (Air Races that is)

    08/03/2002 11:44:55 AM PDT · by hattend · 38 replies · 540+ views
    Reno Air Races ^ | Aug 8 2002 | Don Hatten
    We tried to do this last year but unfortunately the 9/11 tragedy cut the races short. Are any other FReepers going? I am a Rare Bear fan sponsor and I hope to see the Bear in the Air this year.