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.
Reno Air Races
Cities in Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Utah are vying to be the new home of the National Championship Air Races, which were held in Reno for decades.
The 2023 National Championship Air Races attracted a number of vintage racing aircraft to the final event held at storied Reno/Stead Field (KRTS), including the pristine white P-51D Mustang known as the Bardahl Special.
The pilot directly behind the two planes that crashed told NTSB investigators that the planes were not where he expected them to be.
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?
Jimmy Rollison submitted this photo and note: “Crew Chief Jim Rollison waiting for Pilot Joel Swager to push the go button on Dreadnought at the 2023 Reno Air races.”
General Aviation News‘ Fred Johnsen was on hand to catch all the action at the last-ever races held in Reno. Here’s his videos from all the action on Friday and Saturday of the 2023 event, as well as the STOL racing.
General Aviation News photographer Bradley Orr captured these photos during the 2023 Reno Air Races, held Sept. 13-17.
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.