As the final flag comes down in Reno for the National Championship Air Races, veteran reporter Frederick A. Johnsen looks back at the many years of racing in the Nevada desert.
An anonymous an air race fan asks: As an air racer yourself, do you agree with the decision at the 2023 Reno Air Races to cancel the rest of the races after the tragic crash following the T-6 Gold race?
The 2023 Reno National Championship Air Races saw thousands of air racing fans come together at Reno Stead Airport (KRTS) in the high desert of Nevada, for a nostalgic farewell to the air racing site that is older than many of today’s racing pilots.
The 2024 all-women cross-country race starts at Southern Illinois Airport and ends at Northern Colorado Regional Airport in Fort Collins/Loveland, Colorado, with intermediate stops in 11 states.
For the first time, the Air Race Classic Air Derby is open to both male and female pilots “in response to popular demand.” Registration for the one-day flying proficiency event opens July 15, 2023.
For the 2023 race, 42 teams, consisting of 100 women pilots from across the United States and around the world, will take off at 8 a.m. June 20 from Grand Forks International Airport in North Dakota, for a 2,684-statute mile competition across 12 states that ends June 23 at Miami Homestead General Aviation Airport in Florida.
More than 70 pilots are expected to participate in the 2023 AirVenture Cup Race, held the weekend before EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
The Cassutt will be hung from the ceiling of the Spirit of Flight Museum as if it were in an air race, said Spirit of Flight Foundation officials, who note it joins another famous air racer, Sky Baby.
In an “Open Letter to Our Loyal Fans,” the Reno Air Racing Association Board of Directors reported that after nearly 60 years of air racing in northern Nevada, 2023 will be the last National Championship Air Races at the Reno-Stead Airport.