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2010 & 2012 Reno Air Race Photo Gallery by Tatsuo “Ken” Sakurai

Race 232 September Fury, Hawker Sea Fury
Race 232 September Fury, Hawker Sea Fury

…Through photography, creativity flows and spreads around the world, quietly benefiting  everyone in its infinite exchange of beauty and grace…

Each year, world class photographers meet at Stead Air Force Base in Reno, Nevada to capture breathtaking pictures of grand aircraft – old and new, exceptional pilots, race fans and many of the small intricacies that most eyes overlook at this extraordinary event, The National Championship Air Races and Air Show.

Ultimately, feelings of awe, joy, excitement, and many other emotions unique to each individual, are captured in these photographs, all in a collective moment in time.

As these photographers share their best pictures taken each day, I am endlessly amazed that we are at the same event, with the same opportunities to capture the same images.

The combined talent meeting each year for one week in September is unparallelled, the photographs are breathtakingly beautiful and quite moving.  I am humbled and grateful to be among my talented friends.

The following pictures are only a few photographs taken under the pylons that my exceptional friend from Japan, Mr. Tatsuo Sakurai took in 2010 and 2012.  I’ll be posting another collection of his photographs from 2012, that not only showcase his immense technical talent (as seen here in these perfectly clear pictures of Jets and other aircraft flying at speeds of up to 500mph), but also his incredible artistry that transforms simple things into beautiful photographs.

We’re all looking forward to the Air Races, and the best aviation photographs taken by the best aviation photographers!

Until then…

Kimberley West, WarBirdBabe

Race 7 Strega, P-51D, Steve Hinton Jr. Pilot
Race 7 Strega, P-51D, Steve Hinton Jr. Pilot
Race 38 Precious Metal, P-51XR, Thom Richard, Pilot
Race 38 Precious Metal, P-51XR, Thom Richard, Pilot
Race 64 Red Knight, T-6, Keith McMann Pilot
Race 64 Red Knight, T-6, Keith McMann Pilot
Pace Plane T-33, Steve Hinton Sr. Pilot
Pace Plane T-33, Steve Hinton Sr. Pilot
Race 55 Here Kitty Kitty, F7F Tigercat
Race 55 Here Kitty Kitty, F7F Tigercat
Race 55 Here Kitty Kitty, F7F Tigercat
Race 55 Here Kitty Kitty, F7F Tigercat
Race 31 Taango-Tango, Bi-Plane, Tony Higa Pilot
Race 31 Taango-Tango, Bi-Plane, Tony Higa Pilot
Race 31 Tango-Tango, Bi-Plane, Tony Higa Pilot
Race 31 Tango-Tango, Bi-Plane, Tony Higa Pilot
Race 62 Phantom, Modified Mong Sport, Tom Aberle Pilot
Race 62 Phantom, Modified Mong Sport, Tom Aberle Pilot
Race 4 Ruby, Pitts S-1S, Marilyn Dash Pilot
Race 4 Ruby, Pitts S-1S, Marilyn Dash Pilot
Race 4 Ruby, Pitts S-1S, Marilyn Dash Pilot
Race 4 Ruby, Pitts S-1S, Marilyn Dash Pilot
Race 71 Sawbones, Hawker Sea Fury, Dan Vance, Pilot
Race 71 Sawbones, Hawker Sea Fury, Dan Vance, Pilot
Race 1 Hot Section, TS-11 Iskra, Lachie Onslow,, Pilot
Race 1 Hot Section, TS-11 Iskra, Lachie Onslow,, Pilot
Race 66 Black Czech, L-39 Jet, Mark Pracy, Pilot
Race 66 Black Czech, L-39 Jet, Mark Pracy, Pilot
Race 14 Baron's Revenge, AT-6B
Race 14 Baron’s Revenge, AT-6B
Race 66 Black Czech, L-39 Jet
Race 66 Black Czech, L-39 Jet
Race 54 Robin 1, L-39 Jet
Race 54 Robin 1, L-39 Jet
Race 54 Robin 1, L-39 Jet
Race 54 Robin 1, L-39 Jet
Race 232 September Fury, Hawker Sea Fury
Race 232 September Fury, Hawker Sea Fury
Race 1 Hot Section, TS-11 Iskra
Race 1 Hot Section, TS-11 Iskra
Race 7 Strega, P-51D
Race 7 Strega, P-51D
Race 71 Sawbones, Hawker Sea Fury
Race 71 Sawbones, Hawker Sea Fury
Race 38 Precious Metal, P-51 XR
Race 38 Precious Metal, P-51 XR

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