Hello Race Fans! Only Five More Days to Go!

…Less days if you’re a dedicated fan and in the gates for Monday, September 12, 2011 Qualifying Starts!

Once again the Reno National Championship Air Races have lined up a fantastic race event with our beloved Pilots, Planes and Jets…with many race course records to shatter from last year… we all look forward to new race records and an incredible performance line-up for the air shows!

Qualifications for all six classes will begin on Monday, September 12th and will continue through Wednesday, September 14th. All pilots will be required to fly their course and record their times in conjunction with the official time keepers to establish their Bronze, Silver and Gold heat placements.

Races begin daily at 8 a.m. with Biplane and Formula One Class races – the remaining four classes, T-6, Sport, Unlimited and Jet follow later with Aerobatics and Flight Demonstrations mixed in rounding out the remainder of the day. All you seasoned Race Fans know schedules can change on a dime – for those visiting for the first time, races starts are approximate! Lots of variables in this action packed week!

We’ll see the spectacular US Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Squadron arrive on Wednesday, September 14th and perform a practice routine which is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and lasting about one hour. On Thursday, September 15th they will perform their amazing and beautiful routine at about 12:45 for approximately 45 minutes.

Sadly, the F22 Raptor will not be performing in Reno this year. The US Air Force has grounded the Jets due to mechanical issues. They truly are incredible performance machines – with mind blowing maneuvers…and pilots.

Another fantastic performance fly-by you won’t want to miss is the F/A-18E Hornet Legacy practice demo on Friday, September 15the and on Saturday, September 16th the F/A-18E Hornet Legacy Flight. This should be a crowd pleaser as this is the 100th Anniversary of Naval Aviation…Wow! Be sure to visit the Static and Heritage Displays of incredibly restored Vintage Aircraft – this year should have the best ever collection of War Birds – I’m hoping to see some of the early aircraft flown 100 years ago!

The Navy Parachute Team will perform their Leap Frog Exhibition which is made up of 14 jumpers – they’ll deploy at 5000 feet, free falling from 12,000 feet and create a variety of canopy shapes on their way down.

David Martin will fly an amazing aerobatic show in his Extra 300S sponsored by Breitling and the Patriot Formation Team will fly the beautiful L-39’s in a choreographed formation. Jim Piets will fly his Aerobatic Beechcraft F33C Bonanza and Eddie Abdreini will fly his Stearman Biplane with eye popping aerobatic maneuvers – double snap rolls, double outside loops, torque rolls and something called the “WOPCEVOK” – an end over tumble maneuver …crazy…!

For those who like big trucks on fire, you’ll be treated to the 7000 pound Shockwave Jet Truck. It has the capacity to accelerate at 3 G’s vertical – comparable to the Space Shuttle, but will simply race airplanes at 300 mph…did I mention it has 18,000 pounds of thrust?! Does it sound like a rocket?

There is much more to see and enjoy at this years National Champonship Air Races and Air Show. This year WarBirdBabe will capture comments from Race Fans on video as well as Pilots from all race classes and many WWII Living Legends and Historians – maybe a few astronauts too.  We’ll be posting many more photographs this year – of all kinds, with lots of Pylon shots!

Have fun and celebrate the Reno Races with Joy and Respect for those who have given so much for our armed services, then and now, and for all those who every year bring to life to the amazing aircraft and share their passion for flying with Race Fans all over the world.

If you can’t make it to the Reno Races, please come back and visit WarBirdBabe – we hope to post many thrilling moments for your enjoyment throughout this week and throughout the coming year. Please leave a message and let us know what you’d like to see – we’ll do our best to search it out and post it!

All the best to you Race Fans! …and Go Navy!
Good Luck and God’s Speed to all who will fly in the sky…

Kimberley West
WarBirdBabe

Saturday, September 19, 2009 – Morning Photos & Heat Results

Race #17, Parrothead

Race #17, Parrothead

Race #2 Air Biscuit, Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

Race #2 Air Biscuit, Grumman FM-2 Wildcat

Good Morning Race Fans!

 

By 6:45 am this morning forty or more photographers

Race #77 Rare Bear

Race #77 Rare Bear

were on the ramp taking photos of the Unlimited Class warming up their engines, static F-15’s, F/A-18 Hornets and the static Heritage planes and jets. This morning was a photographers dream with the

Running with Chocks, Race #77, Rare Bear

Running with Chocks, Race #77, Rare Bear

sunrise sifting through the unexpected clouds and the bright pink alpenglow on the gentle desert hills in the background.

Race #77 Behind Jet with Tiger Skin Seat

Race #77 Behind Jet with Tiger Skin Seat

Today will be the first full two hour show for the Navy Blue Angels in the ultra maneuverable F/A-18 Hornets. This Jet is capable of flying at speeds in excess of 1200 mph (approximately mach 1.7).
P-51
P-51
Although the Race fans will experience only a fraction of that speed, there might be one or two “sneak attack” fly-bys at close to 600 mph to make your heart skip a beat! Six aircraft will perform in total, with solo jets 5 and 6 flying in opposing maneuvers.
Here are a few pictures taken today and Heat Results for the T-6 Gold and the Unlimited Bronze Heat 3C Races.

If you’re at home, wish you were here!

Race #5 Voodoo, P-51D Mustang Taking Off

Race #5 Voodoo, P-51D Mustang Taking Off

Voodoo Crew Watching Dawn Practice Run

Voodoo Crew Watching Dawn Practice Run

Unlimited Bronze Heat 3C – Official Race Results – 6 laps at 8.4333 miles each
1st Place: John Curtiss Paul, Race #17, P40N “Parrot Head,” 321.549 mph
2nd Place: Jimmy Leeward, Race #24, F4U-4 Corsair, 315.891 mph
3rd Place: Doug Matthews, Race#117, Hawker Sea Fury, “Bad Attitude,” 315.687 mph
4th Place: Fred Cabanas, Race #52, P-51 Mustang, “American Beauty,” 315.1221
5th Place: Thomas Camp, Race #2, Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, “Air Biscuit,” 267.286 (cut pylon 2, lap 5)

T33 Pace Plane Taking Off for Unlimited Bronze Heat 3C

T33 Pace Plane Taking Off for Unlimited Bronze Heat 3C

2nd Place, 321.549 mph, Race #24, 4FU-4 Cosair

2nd Place, 321.549 mph, Race #24, 4FU-4 Cosair

Race #17, Parrothead, 1st place winner, 321.549mph

Race #17, Parrothead, 1st place winner, 321.549mph

T-6 Gold Heat 2 – Official Race Results – 5 laps at 5.0693 miles each
1st Place: Nick Macy, Race #6, T-6, “Six Cat,” 236.749 mph
2nd Place: Dennis Buehn, Race #43, T-6, “Midnight Miss III,” 231.636 mph
3rd Place: Alfred Goss, Race #75, T-6, “Warlock,” 321.312 mph
4th Place: John Lohmar, Race #28, T-6, “Radial Velocity,” 224.093 mph
5th Place: John Zayac, Race #37, T-6, “McDonald Racer,” 224.012 mph
6th Place: Gene McNeely, Race #90, T-6, “Undecided,” 219.677 mph
 

Many thanks to the crew and pilots for the exciting races!
Good Luck and Godspeed!
Kimberley West, WarBirdBabe

Race #33 Pace Plane for T-6 Gold Heat 2

Race #33 Pace Plane for T-6 Gold Heat 2T-6 Class Waiting Line Up for Gold Heat 2