The Reno Air Races
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    Biplanes race around the pylon. Photo by Jeremy Spilker.

    The National Championship Air Races, locally known as the Reno Air Races, are scheduled for Sept. 11-15. The World’s Fastest Motor Sport will return in 2013 with some big changes to the event.

    For its 50th anniversary, the Reno Air Racing Association announced a new racing class, the Unlimited & Warbird Racing Class (UWRC), which will take the place of the Unlimited class. Many racers from the Unlimited class, including reigning champ Steve Hinton, will return for the new race.

    Also new this year will be a performance by Jetman, who by using a carbon-Kevlar® jetwing with four engines, each capable of a 22 kg thrust, is able to propel himself through the skies at upwards of 150 mph, controlled by a simple throttle in his hand.

    Held at the Stead Airfield just outside Reno’s city limits for the last 50 years, the Air Races annually attract hundreds of thousands of spectators to the fastest show on Earth.

    During the event there are also displays of aerobatic prowess, with pilots doing amazing stunts that thrill the crowds. Military static displays and demonstrations also happen daily.

    For more information on the Reno Air Races presented by Breitling, visit

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