Historic 50th National Championship Air Races takes to the skies

The National Championship Air Races begins this week in Nevada with a one-of-a-kind celebration of flight.

Event organizers also announced last month the addition of a fundraising dinner and celebration on Saturday, Sept. 14, which will mark the 50thanniversary by paying tribute to a collection of military, aviation and air race legends. Some of the pilots and figures scheduled to be in attendance at the National Championship Air Races Evening with Mavericks and Legends Fundraising Dinner include famed pilot Bob Hoover, considered to be one of the top pilots in history; retired United States Air Force General Ron Fogleman, former Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force; and Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher. The dinner will also feature a handful of pilots who competed at the first Air Races in 1964, including World War II veteran Clay Lacy and Air Race legend Daryl Greenameyer (Hoover also performed at the inaugural Air Races). Sponsorships and seating for the National Championship Air Races Evening with Mavericks and Legends Fundraising Dinner is open to the public. Table sponsorships include access to a private VIP reception with honorees and Gold Champion Sponsorships include the opportunity to have an honoree sit at your table during the event program. Space is limited. To reserve your space now or for more information, please visit www.airrace.org or call (775) 972-6663.

“Not only does this year’s event provide us with an opportunity to recognize all of those pilots, volunteers and supporters that have helped us get to where we are today, it will serve as a chance to look forward and set the tone for many more years of thrilling Air Race action,” said Houghton. “We are looking forward to welcoming the hundreds of thousands of members of the Air Racing family to our home at the Reno-Stead Airport and reveling in the ingenuity, courage and triumph that are represented each time a plane takes a turn around a pylon.”

The 50th annual National Championship Air Races is the world’s premier air racing event. The races take place this year from Sept. 11 through Sept. 15. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (775) 972-6663 or online at www.airrace.org.

About the National Championship Air Races

Held every September just north of Reno, the National Championship Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. In the past 10 years, the event has attracted more than 200,000 spectators per year and generated more than $80 million a year for the region’s economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit www.airrace.org.

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