The Reno Air Racing Association is now selling tickets for the 49th annual National Championship Air Races. The future of the Air Races was uncertain following the Crash of a P-51 Mustang into the Reno Stead Airport Viewing stands during last year’s races that left 10 spectators dead and 74 injured. The pilot also died in the crash. In January, the organization announced that the 2012 event would take place Sept. 12-16th at Reno Stead Airport. Long time Nevada County Airfest Director and pylon press photographer for the Reno Air Race Association Tim O’Brien says they are committed to do everything they can to hold the historic event this year, in light of legal challenges calling for strict new safety rules and Federal approval still pending.
“There is a pending final investigation report from the NTSB with recommendations or possible recommendation to the FAA which is putting some of the air racing permits on hold probably for another month.”
In light of the tragedy of last September the Reno Air Racing Association is planning a world-class memorial and tribute as part of this year’s event, to those who lost their lives and for their family and friends. More details will be announced later this year. The Reno Air show draws aviation enthusiasts from around the world, In the past ten years, the event has attracted more than 200,000 spectators annually. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations.
(Tickets can now be purchased on line at www.airrace.org or by calling (775) 972-6663.)