Sunday, September 18, 2005

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Sept. 18, 2005

Here five of the Snowbirds break different directions as they approach the crowd at show center.

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Sept. 18, 2005

T-6 Class racer Mary Dilda wins her second Gold Championship in her SNJ racer Two of Hearts.

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Sept. 18, 2005

Flying legend Robert A. "Bob" Hoover addresses the crowd Sunday as his trademark Panama hat is auctioned off for $1500 as a fundraiser for the Reno Air Racing Association.

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Sept. 18, 2005

This Swiss couple was married at show center at the conclusion of the Canadian Snowbirds show as the Sport Class racers took off in the background and the F-117 Nighthawk flew top cover.

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Sept. 18, 2005

This U.S. Navy FA-18 Hornet proved once again that you don't have an air show unless you have afterburners.

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Sept. 18, 2005

Duggy, the DC-3, departs for an early morning flight around Reno.

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Sept. 18, 2005

Kent Pietsch performs his drunk pilot act scraping his left wing tip on the tarmac.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

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Sept. 17, 2005

The Thunderbirds solo pilots in their famous mirror image pass. (Click in the picture to make it bigger.)

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Sept. 17, 2005

The Snowbirds continued to impress the crowd with their prcision flying.

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Sept. 17, 2005

Rare Bear continued to rack up impressive heat race victories Saturday.

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Sept. 17. 2005

This F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter-bomber dropped by Reno for a visit.

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Sept. 17, 2005

This T-6 Class Gold Heat Race was as close as the finish as Al Goss edged out Mary Dilda for the pole in Sunday's Gold Championship race.

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Sept. 17, 2005

The crowd was part the filming for a movie about air racing today.

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Sept. 16, 2005

Unlike the Thunderbirds who are flying out of Reno International Airport because the runways at Stead Field are deemed to be unaceptable, the Snowbirds are based at Stead for the weekend.

Friday, September 16, 2005

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Sept. 16, 2005

Air show performer Kent Pietsch flies his 1940 Interstate Cub to the delight of the Reno crowd. Yes, he's missing his right aileron, part of his act.

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Sept. 16, 2005

The Air Force Heritage Flight featured retired astronaut Gen. Bill Anders and the A-10 West Coast Demonstration Team.

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Sept. 16, 2005

After the induction ceremony the Thunderbirds flew at the air races.

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Sept. 16, 2005

These young people had the honor of being inducted into the U.S. Air Force today by the operations leader of the U.S. Thunderbirds.

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Sept. 16, 2005

The International Formula One Class was also active today.

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Sept. 16, 2005

The Snowbirds nine-ship formation is a thing of beauty.

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Sept. 16, 2005

The Canadian Armed Forces Unit 431 Demostration Team, better known as the Canadian Snowbirds performed their magic today at Reno.

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Sept. 16, 2005

The T-6 Class Racing was tight and competitive today.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

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Sept. 15, 2005

The Unlimiteds were flying today with two races including this one that featured five Hawker Sea Furies and a lone F8F Bearcat.

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Sept. 15, 2005

Another rare aircraft performs at Reno. This Goodyear F2G Super Corsair was built at the end of World War II to take on the Japanese Kamikaze attacks. This plane won numerous air race contests after the war in the 1940s.

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Sept. 15, 2005

The A-10 West Coast Demonstration Team from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base has returned to Reno this year.

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Sept. 15, 2005

A flying ghost in the Unlimited Class. An FM2 Wildcat, the General Motors version of the Grumman F4F Wildcat, the naval carrier fighter that held the line against the Japanese in the early days of the war in the Pacific.

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Sept. 15, 2005

Crowd favorite Smoke and Thunder has returned for its 20th year at Reno.

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Sept. 15, 2005

This air/sea rescue unit from Naval Air Station Fallon opens the show with a rescue demonstration.

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Sept. 15, 2005

This Navy Heritage Flight had an Air Force guest. Leading the flight is a rare FJ4 Fury, the naval version of the North American F-86 Sabre. On his wings are a pair of F8F Bearcats. Bringing up the rear is a P-51 Mustang flown by retired astronaut Gen. Bill Anders.

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Sept. 15, 2005

Racing was in full swing today. Here is a Sport Biplane passing the home pylon.

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Sept. 15, 2005

The Thunderbirds returned to the air space twice today to practice for their shows Friday and Saturday.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

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Sept. 14, 2005

Before he left the air space at Reno-Stead Airport, Thunderbird 8 flew directly over the crowd at show center.

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Sept. 14, 2005

Besides racing, a main attraction this week is the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. This is Thunderbird 8, the team's advance pilot.

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Sept. 14, 2005

There is some interesting artwork on some of the planes. This happens to be on Lickety Split, a T-6 racer.

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Sept. 14, 2005

The Jet Class was also out on Wednesday qualifying for this year's races.

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Sept. 14, 2005

A vintage F-7 Tigercat, "The Big Bossman," takes to the skies to qualify for racing this week at Reno.

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Sept. 14, 2005

It may only be Wednesday, but the T-6 Class was mixing it up on the race course.

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Sept. 14, 2005

This control tower will be a very busy place over the next few days.

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Sept. 14, 2005

The first arrival of the day was a vintage B-25 Mitchell bomber.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Another rainy day in Tucson


The rains moved in this afternoon and even produced some hail in parts of Pima County. It's a welcome change to the hot and slightly humid weather we've had the past week.