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Current Air Races in the United States

by John M. White |

Today there are really only three air races which are run on a regular basis:Spitfirecloseup    

  • The Air Race Classic    
  • The Red Bull Air Races    
  • The Reno Air Races

Of these the best known are the Reno Air Races which happen each September in Reno, Nevada.  This event takes several days and provides plenty of excitement for aviation enthusiasts.  I has six classes of aircraft which compete for the trophy for their class.

The Red Bull Air Races have become much more popular in recent years, and are bringing more and more people to see the races and introduce them to the fabulous world of aviation.  Small aircraft maneuver over water near large cities racing around pylons and performing aerobatic maneuvers.  These races put a great strain on pilots and spectators alike.

The Air Race Classic is the survivor of the original "Powder Puff Derby" in that it continues the tradition of teams of women navigating large distances to display their aviation prowess.  The skills to complete this cross country race are considerable, and women consistently show they have what it takes.

Although no longer being held, the Cleveland Air Races helped bring aviation forward by encouraging the development of ever better air foils and engines, speeding the advancement of aviation and preparing the United States for the challenges of the air war during World War II.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


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