(MyNews4.com & KRNV) Reno, Nev.-Roaring engines, high-speed thrills and the smell of jet fuel reunites friends and families under the northern Nevada skies each September. And, News 4 is the proud TV sponsor of the 2011 races.
Each September, the Reno-Stead Airfield takes on a new, yet familiar face, as pilots and aviation enthusiasts from around the world gather to experience the last event of its kind. Taking off Sept 14-18, the 2011 National Championship Air Races will welcome fans to be awed by talented rookies, storied pilots and breathtaking entertainment at the 48th annual event.
“Once you experience the rush of adrenaline from air racing – whether it’s as a pilot, a volunteer or a fan – nothing gets in the way of the anticipation that builds as September nears,” said Mike Houghton, Reno Air Racing Association president and CEO. “Pilots and rookies train year-round to prepare for the National Championship Air Races and look forward to showcasing their talent in the sky.”
Young aviators continue to amaze spectators and returning to race this year is two-time Unlimited Gold Champion, Steven Hinton, flying “Strega.” Hinton, son of storied pilot Steve Hinton, became the youngest pilot to ever compete at the National Championship Air Races in 2009 and his signature red and white P-51 Mustang, previously flown by owner Bill “Tiger” Destefani, was a crowd favorite for three years running.
“The competition will heat up quickly this year as we anticipate the arrival of new talent and reigning champions flying to become the next victor of their class,” said Mike Houghton, Reno Air Racing Association president and CEO. “There truly are ‘no limits’ at this year’s event and I think the incredible class of pilots we have will be a true testament to that.”
This year’s entertainment includes a special Thursday performance by well-known military demonstration team, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds who have captivated audiences since 1953 and continue to push the limits of their exceptional aircraft during each performance. The L-39 Patriot Team, recognized for their red, white and blue smoke system and the notorious “Tail Slide” where the aircraft slides backward toward the ground, will also be there to entertain the more than 200,00 fans in attendance. The Navy Leap Frog team joins the lineup with 14 jumpers that leap out of an aircraft at altitudes of 12,000 feet and create amazing formations in the air, free falling at speeds up to 180 mph.
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 www.airrace.org or call (775) 972-6663.