A brief photo essay....
Created November 7, 2004
Every September since 1964, (with the exception of 2001), the skies over Reno have given way to the roar of engines from a by-gone era. Mustangs, Corsairs, Lightnings, Cobras, Bearcats, and Seafuries just to name a few, have competed in the world's fastest motor sport. With speeds approaching 500 mph it is only the highly modified planes that bring home the gold. However, the greatest source of entertainment are the stock aircraft that represent one of the United States greatest achievements in aircraft production. Ten's of thousands of these aircraft were produced and instrumental in the Allied Armies winning the war. Today there are few flying examples of these fine aircraft, and thanks to the hard work and dedication by their owners you can still see and hear the awesome thunder of the by-gone era of the "Big War Birds".
Hawker Seafury "September Pop" being repositioned after a successful qualifying run.
A very rare Grumman F4F Wildcat.
A fine example of a "Bluenosed Bastard of Bodney"
Hawker Seafury ... "I promise to top it off after I am done flying her".
"Dreadnought" what I wouldn't give.
Grumman F7F Tigercat - at the time one of only two in the world flying. Can you imagine the insurance premium?
Hawker Seafury "September Fury" - this aircraft, the Tigercat, and "September Pops" are owned by Mike Brown.
"Ridge Runner" - Think of the time and energy that must go into keeping these aircraft in as good or better shape than when they were new.
Another nice shot of "Ridge Runner"
"Ole Yeller" - If you never had a chance to see Bob Hoover perform in this aircraft you missed the greatest air show pilot flying the greatest aircraft.
Of course, there's more