The F-22 Raptor returns to the Reno Air Races

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Updated: 4/03 7:10 am
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) announced the F-22 Raptor as one of the event headliners in 2014.

Just a year after having its performance cancelled for the historic 50th event due to the federal government sequestration, the wildly popular F-22 Raptor will be making its third Reno Air Race appearance this Fall.

“Truly, the F-22 Raptor is one of the most impressive fighter planes in the world and its speed, turning capability and creativity make for a heart-pounding and exciting performance,” said Mike Major, chairman of the RARA board of directors. “Words will never do the F-22 justice; the only way to fully grasp what this plane can do is to see it in action.”

The F-22 Raptor employs a state-of-the-art thrust system that allows the aircraft to pivot 360-degrees in all directions at nearly any speed. The Raptor can do everything from making bank turns to hovering sideways in mid-air, and represents RARA’s determination to increase the military presence at the annual event.

“While the last remaining air racing event of its kind in the world, the National Championship Air Races is also an annual homage to the United States military and the all of the brave men and women who have taken to the skies in service of their country,” said Major. “Last year, while it was a worthy celebration of our first 50 years, the presence of the military was sorely missed. We are working diligently to ensure that, this year, the equipment and personnel of the Armed Forces are represented the way our fans have become accustomed to.”

The races kick off Wednesday, September 10th, and will continue through Sunday, September 14th, at the Reno-Stead Airport. Tickets for the show are available by phone at 775-972-6663 or online at www.airrace.org.


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