Reno 2011 National Championship Air Races

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Updated: 9/14/2011 10:06 am

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) - The the skies of northern Nevada will be filled with the familiar sounds of thundering engines and cheering crowds as the National Championship Air Races gets underway at the Reno Stead Airfield. In addition to the elite race pilots that travel from around the world to compete in the world's fastest motorsport, military demonstration teams and daring performers take to the skies to awe thousands of  aviation aficionados and curious spectators. This year, in addition to heart stopping aerobatics by Jim Peitz, David Martin and Eddie Andreini, the United States Air Force Thunderbirds will grace the 48th annual event alongside the L-39 Patriot Jet Team, Navy Leap Frog Team and the incredible strike fighter, the F/A-18E Super Hornet. 

"Each year we work to bring in some of the most talented aerobatic performers and this year is no different," said Mike Houghton, president and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association.

With 22,000 pounds (98 Knots) of thrust per engine, The F/A-18E Super Hornet rip-roars through the air, creating a rumble through the ground and a fan experience like no other. This powerful aircraft, which was put into use by the United States Navy in 2002, has unlimited angles of attack and seemingly carefree flying qualities allowing for highly effective combat capabilities that are still used today. 

A crowd favorite and legendary military team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, will perform on Thursday, Sept. 15.  Millions have witnessed their astounding aerial maneuvers and can attest to the precision and skill seen as they move swiftly through the skies. This year's team of 12 officers, flying F-16C fighter jets, represents some of the most elite military pilots in the world. As ambassadors of the U.S. Air Force, the Thunderbirds take pride in their performances by showcasing their integrity and dedication to excellence.

"We are excited for race fans and aviation enthusiasts to come out and enjoy our event this year," said Houghton. "This event is truly unlike any other and we are proud to put on such an incredible event year-after-year."

The 48th Annual National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno is the premier air racing event in the world.  The air races will be held September 14-18, 2011 at the Reno Stead Airfield and will feature the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. For tickets or more information please visit or call (775) 972-6663.



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