Youngest-ever female member of U.S. Aerobatic Team to make her Reno debut

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RENO, Nev. – One of the world’s top female pilots will be gracing the northern Nevada skies for the first time at this year’s National Championship Air Races Sept. 10-14.

Melissa Pemberton, a world-renowned aerobat and the youngest-ever female member of the United States Unlimited Aerobatic Team, will bring her Edge540 aircraft  to the Reno-Stead Airfield this September. Pemberton joins the F-22 Raptor Demonstration team as performers that have been announced so far for the event’s 51st year.

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An insider’s look at the Reno Air Races

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By J. DOUGLAS HINTON

The annual Reno Air Races, held every September since 1964, attract some 200,000 spectators over the seven-day event. What better way to get the inside straight skinny than from an actual participant?

Thom Richard, president and CEO of Kissimmee, Florida-based Warbird Adventures, has been racing at Reno since 2008, winning several awards among the six categories (Sport, Formula One, Biplane, T-6, Unlimited and Jet). Currently he is racing in the Unlimited Category using his highly modified P-51 “Precious Metal.” [Read more…]

Reno wraps up historic week

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RENO — The National Championship Air Races wrapped up its historic 50th event on Sunday afternoon with a Breitling Unlimited Gold Championship race that ended with four-time defending champion Steve Hinton edging out one of the best racing fields in the event’s history for his fifth straight victory.

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Legendary ‘Strega’ to compete at Reno with new pilot

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The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced this week that legendary Unlimited & Warbird Class (UWRC) racers “Strega,” “Precious Metal,” “Argonaut,” and “Dreadnought,” are the latest entrants into the  most recognizable racing class.

In a surprising twist, “Strega,” (pictured) which has been flown to victory the past four years by defending champion Steve Hinton, will be flown by Air Race veteran Matt Jackson.

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