National Championship Air Races & Air Show

The National Championship Air Races are held every September at Stead Airport north of Reno Nevada, featuring six classes of aircraft racing in heats of six or seven planes around a roughly oval course.  The event includes a great air show with military and civil aircraft demos and fly-bys and aerobatic performances.  There is also a large static aircraft display, and a variety of food, beverages, and aviation-related products from hundreds of vendors.  Attendance typically reaches about 200,000 visits during the four-and-a-half days of racing.

I served as the event's Webmaster and photographer from 1995 to 2009.  The collections below include some of my favorite photos and are available as prints in a number of sizes and on various media.

Unlimited Class aircraft at the Reno Air Races.

Unlimited Class aircraft at the Reno Air Races.


Sport Class aircraft at the Reno Air Races.

Sport Class aircraft at the Reno Air Races.


North American AT-6 Class aircraft at the Reno Air Races.

North American AT-6 Class aircraft at the Reno Air Races.


Jet Class aircraft at the Reno Air Races.

Jet Class aircraft at the Reno Air Races.