Reno Air Races make emotional return this week

Beginning this week, the Reno Air Races — now dubbed the Reno National Championship Air Races — will return to northern Nevada for the 49th annual event. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12, planes will once again return to the Sierra skies in a world-class, week-long event featuring six classes of aircraft in a head-to-head competition culminating in a race for the Breitling Unlimited Championship trophy. The event will feature one of the world’s most advanced military aircraft — the F-22 Raptor — as well as emotional tribute ceremonies to remember and celebrate the lives of those lost as well as those impacted by the tragedy of last September.

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Deteriorated parts blamed for Reno crash

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Transportation Safety Board has determined that deteriorated locknut inserts found in Jimmy Leeward’s P-51D that crashed during the 2011 National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, allowed the trim tab attachment screws to become loose, and even initiated fatigue cracking in one screw. This condition, which resulted in reduced stiffness in the elevator trim system, ultimately led to aerodynamic flutter at racing speed that broke the trim tab linkages, resulting in a loss of controllability and the eventual crash, NTSB officials said.

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Air Racers 3D to fly high in Reno theaters


3D Entertainment Distribution has inked an agreement to present “Air Racers 3D,” in Reno exclusively at Cinemark Century Theatres from Sept. 7-20. The two-week theatrical engagement will coincide with the 2012 National Championship Air Races at Reno-Stead Airport, which will see the young star of the 3D film, pilot Steven Hinton, in competition for the fourth consecutive time.

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UAV Navigation to sponsor Reno racer

UAV Navigation, a vendor of flight control avionics and motion processing solutions, will sponsor a plane in Reno’s National Championship Air Races and Air Show in September. Guillermo Parodi, UAV Navigation’s CEO and co-founder, will fly the aircraft as a pilot. His plane, nº36, dubbed “N-A-RUSH”, is a Cassutt Special III, a single-seat racing jet designed in the United States in 1951 by ex-TWA captain Tom Cassutt.

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Reno Air Races a go

The Reno Air Races will be a go, according to a report at, which notes that the Reno Air Racing Association has secured a $100 million insurance policy for the races, which will be held Sept. 12-16 at Stead Airport.

Air Racers 3D soars into select IMAX theaters

Air Racers 3D, the first IMAX movie devoted to the Reno Air Races,  is rolling out across the country at select IMAX theaters, including the Naval Aviation Museum (Pensacola, Florida), Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center (Hutchinson, Kansas), National Infantry Museum (Columbus, Georgia) and U.S. Space & Rocket Centre (Huntsville, Alabama).

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Lockheed IMAX Theatre in Washington, DC, and the U.S. Air Force Museum (Dayton, Ohio) will launch Air Racers 3D on May 25, followed by the Houston Museum of Natural Science (Houston, Texas), COSI The center of Science & Industry (Columbus, Ohio), New Mexico Museum of Space History (Alamogordo, New Mexico) and Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen (Denmark).

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