Thursday, April 27, 2017

RARA Announces Aerobatics Performer for 54th National Championship Air Races

April 27, 2017

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association today announced that Brad Wursten Airshows will perform at the 54th National Championship Air Races this September 13th – 17th in his MXS-R aerobatic aircraft by MX aircraft.

“Brad Wursten brings power and performance to each airshow,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “We are very excited for our fans to be able to watch as Brad pushes the envelope and amazes the crowd while remaining well within his tight margin of safety.”

Wursten’s plane, one of the most highly sophisticated airplanes in the world, features a complete carbon fiber airframe that weighs an impressive 1100 lbs.  The Lycoming engine has 385 HP and can reach a top speed of over 300 MPH, a roll rate at 420 degrees per second, and “G” loading at +/- 15 “G’s”.

Wursten joins previously announced performers the Texas Flying Legends Museum.


About the Reno Air Racing Association:
The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), a 501(c)(3), holds the National Championship Air Races every September just north of Reno. The Reno Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. The 2016 event generated more than $91.7 million for the region’s economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, to obtain media credentials, volunteer or purchase tickets for this year’s event, visit

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Mary-Sarah Kinner
The Glenn Group

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Japan’s Muroya Captures First Win at San Diego Red Bull Air Race

The second stop of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship was full of surprises on Sunday, as none of names on the podium matched those of February’s season opener. Yoshihide Muroya of Japan claimed the win, while Slovenia’s Peter Podlunšek was second, and defending World Champion Matthias Dolderer of Germany took third.

San Diego, California (USA) – As one upset followed another at the second stop of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship in San Diego, California on Sunday, Yoshihide “Yoshi” Muroya of Japan was the only pilot with the consistency to earn the triumph. Dazzling more than 40,000 fans across race weekend, Muroya ended up dominating the Final 4 with a time of 58.529. 

While Peter Podlunšek was almost two seconds back at 1:00.454, the first Slovenian Red Bull Air Racer surprised everyone - including himself - by capturing second place in his first-ever Final 4. Peter has made incredible improvements from last year - his rookie season. He 

Reigning World Champion Matthias Dolderer was third after a pylon hit, and America’s own Kirby Chambliss finished fourth after a high call on the final pylon. 

Earning 15 World Championship points with the victory, Muroya jumped up 10 places in the overall standings, to third behind Martin Šonka of the Czech Republic (21 points) and Dolderer (16). The result was especially meaningful because the next stop of the season is in Muroya’s home skies at Chiba, Japan – where he earned his first race win just last year.

“I’m quite happy. We had a very hard time at the season opener in Abu Dhabi, and we’ve been working really hard for months,” said Muroya, who had an over-G penalty at the 2017 kickoff. “My crew and my family have been helping a lot to help us get more stable and consistent, and I thank them. The next race in Japan is going to be a big one, and it’s an important step forward to win here as I head to my home country. It’s a huge crowd and pressure for me, but I will have fun there.”

Tickets for the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship –including 
October 14-15 in Indianapolis - the next USA stop. – are on sale now. For more information on tickets and all the latest, visit

Results Master Class San Diego 2017:
1. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN),
2. Peter Podlunšek (SLO),
3. Matthias Dolderer (GER),
4. Kirby Chambliss (USA),
5. Martin Šonka (CZE),
6. Petr Kopfstein (CZE),
7. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA),
8. Michael Goulian (USA),
9. Matt Hall (AUS),
10. Pete McLeod (CAN),
11. Juan Velarde (ESP),
12. François Le Vot (FRA),
13. Mikaël Brageot (FRA),
14. Cristian Bolton (CHI)

World Championship standings after two races:
1. Martin Šonka (CZE) 21 points,
2. Matthias Dolderer (GER) 16 pts,
3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN) 15 pts,
4. Juan Velarde (ESP) 12 pts,
5. Peter Podlunšek (SLO) 12 pts,
6. Pete McLeod (CAN) 10 pts,
7. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) 10 pts,
8. Michael Goulian (USA) 8 pts,
9. Kirby Chambliss (USA) 7 pts,
10. Petr Kopfstein (CZE) 5 pts,
11. Cristian Bolton (CHI) 4 pts,
12. François Le Vot (FRA) 3 pts,
13. Matt Hall (AUS) 3 pts,
14. Mikaël Brageot (FRA) 2 pts

Above photography used with permission from Red Bull Air Races

Below photography is mine. 

Pylon - up close

New Flavors

and these are from Jason Fisher

Media Boat

Pylon Cutter

Recreating the course - with Red Bull cans. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

RARA Announces Two Fan Favorites Will Race in the Unlimited Class in 2017

April 19, 2017

RARA Announces Two Fan Favorites Will Race in the Unlimited Class in 2017

Reno, Nev. – The Reno Air Racing Association today announced that two fan favorite airplanes will return to Reno for the 54th National Championship Air Races and race in the Unlimited class.

“We’ve spoken to Bob Button, who owns Voodoo and Tiger Destefani who owns Strega, and they have informed us that both planes will be coming to Reno this year for the 54th National Championship Air Races,” Mike Crowell, President and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association said. “We’ve heard from our fans that they want more excitement in the Unlimited class and we are thrilled to help bring that excitement back to Reno this year.”

Voodoo won Unlimited Gold in 2016 and Strega won Unlimited Gold in 2015. 

“The two fastest piston airplanes on earth are coming to race in Reno this year,” Bob Button, owner of Voodoo said. “Voodoo is looking forward to racing Strega for gold in September.”

“It looks like it’s gonna be a shootout between Voodoo and Strega,” Tiger Destefani, owner of Strega said.  “Jay Consalvi will be flying Strega and he’s looking forward to his first win!”

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Help Save the Planes of Fame Airshow

To Planes of Fame Family and Friends
A lawsuit has been brought against the Planes of Fame Air Museum by the Yanks Air Museum, Flying Tigers Aviation, SOCAL MRO, and Zangeneh Aeronautics with the sole intent to stop the 25th Annual Planes of Fame Air Show at Chino Airport slated for May 6 & 7, 2017.
The annual Air Show is one of the few remaining events in Southern California where visitors from around the world can enjoy the sights and sounds of aircraft from the Golden Age of Aviation flying overhead. Each year the Air Show attracts thousands of families, aviation enthusiasts, and others who come together to witness rare and historic aircraft, as well as some of the most talented aviators take to the skies. The Planes of Fame Air Show at Chino Airport is considered one of the top five air shows in the country.
As a non-profit, 501c.3 organization, the annual Air Show serves as the primary fundraising effort for the Planes of Fame Air Museum. Revenue from the annual Air Show helps us to carry on our mission to preserve aviation history, inspire an interest in aviation, education of the public, and honor aviation pioneers and veterans. And as this year's Air Show marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of Planes of Fame Air Museum, we have seen how our mission has impacted multiple generations of families, and is introducing aviation to entirely new generations.
For the local community, the annual Air Show provides an economic stimulus to local businesses and entrepreneurs both on and nearby the airport. For the City of Chino and the County of San Bernardino, the Air Show provides increased visibility as thousands of visitors flock to the Chino Airport for the show.
Help us save the Air Show! We are asking our friends, visitors, community, and colleagues to join together to support the Air Show. Please send us a note or letter indicating your backing of the Air Show and be sure to include your thoughts on why it needs to continue.
Please send all comments, concerns and questions to Let Us Fly!
Sign Online petition at Petition for Planes of Fame