Reno Air Races start Wednesday |

Reno Air Races start Wednesday

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The Reno National Championship Air Races will return Wednesday to Northern Nevada for the 49th annual event, and will include a tribute to the people who lost their lives at last year’s event.

“The last year has been a true test to our organization, our fans, both the northern Nevada and aviation communities and those who were directly impacted by the tragedy of last year,” said Mike Houghton, president and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “We have worked hard to bring this historic event back to Reno and we look forward to remembering and celebrating as we, once again, gather for an aviation event unlike any other.”

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell and Sparks Mayor Geno Martini will join Houghton, in a recognition of first responders, victims and fans.

“We are grateful for the tremendous leadership from our state and community leaders, local businesses and our sponsors for remaining by our side through a difficult time but we will truly never forget the incredible display of courage that was shown in a moment of tragedy last year by the first responders, victims and fans,” said Houghton. “This year’s event will pay tribute to everyone who was impacted or who provided support during this trying time and we have a very special and exciting week planned to properly remember and celebrate these heroes and the spirit of aviation.”

As part of its return, the National Championship Air Races welcome back the F-22 Raptor.

Further, the event will feature civilian air show performers and additional military demonstration teams. The F/A-18E Super Hornet will perform a demonstration and legacy flight Friday through Sept. 16 and the Patriot Jet Team will return to the Reno Air Races beginning Thursday. Kent Pietsch, Clay Lacy and Jim Pietz will also perform aerobatics throughout the week.

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For more information on this year’s event or to purchase tickets, visit or call (775)972-6663.

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