The 2019 Stihl National Championship Air Races have reached full speed at the Reno
Planes are divided into six classes for racing: Biplane, Formula 1, Jet, Sport, T-6, Unlimited. Some classes allow for significant customizations while others require “stock” planes.
Pure speed determines the results of some races, but others are one mostly by cleverness and skill on the part of the pilots. All races take place on ovoid courses ranging in length from just over 3 miles to just under 8 miles, depending on the class of the planes racing.
A variety of demonstration flights complement the races. Acrobatic planes draw circles above the grandstands. The Commemorative Air Force flies historic military aircraft.
The USAF Thunderbirds will perform both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. In addition, the permanent and countless temporary hangars are full of planes of all varieties and pilots willing to tell visitors all about them.
More information and tickets available here: https://airrace.org/