Rare Bear is a F8F-2 Bearcat first flown during World War II.
Now under current owner Rod Lewis Rare Bear plane got a second life after almost $15-million worth of restoration.
"It is one of those aviation icons. it is so energy compact i mean it's a huge engine in a small airplane and all the support system uses every square inch," Rare Bear Crew Chief David Cornell says.
According to Cornell it's one of the fastest planes in the world he says the plane has broken world records, climb records and speed records.
All stats current pilot Stewart Dawson and crew are very proud of, but that comes with a lot of hard work in between and during shows.
Cornell tells News 4 for every one hour of flying it takes 600 man hours just to prep the plane for the next flight.
Dawson says all that work pays off and believes Rare Bear is unlike any other.
"You develop a relationship with the airplane you know and this one's a lot of work some of them are easy this is a a lot of work seems like it has it's own personality," Dawson says.
Fans say it's that personality that keeps them coming back to Reno Air Races.
"It's amazing to see such a big and fast plane in the air,” air races attendee Amanda Silver says. "When I was really little he would always amaze me with what he does."
Rare Bear competes in the unlimited class and this week qualified at 490-miles an hour.
"It's hard to describe what it is until you've been in it you can see it in a movie and everything, but until you're in the airplane with the noise and the wind and the heat, it's hard to describe," Dawson says.
Hard to describe and hard to beat, because the plane is a rare one.
Rare Bear finished third Saturday in the unlimited gold heat so it's all on the line Sunday.
Rare Bear will be racing seven other planes to see who will named the 2012 champion of the TravelNevada.com Reno Air Races.
The air races start their final day Sunday around 8 a.m.
There is a tribute ceremony at 11:30 a.m. and the unlimited gold heat will take off around 4:15 p.m.