Reno National Championship Air Races
The members of the Breezy Point Airport regularly support the Reno National Championship Air Races through their sponsorship of the Sawbones Maximum Air Racing team. Each year the team makes the trek to Reno, Nevada to compete in the air races which draw over 100,000 fans each day of the races.
The National Championship Air Races is the last event of its kind, carrying on the tradition of the Cleveland Air Races of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. In 1964, Bill Stead organized an air race near Reno, Nevada, and the Reno National Championship Air Races were born. The event that Bill Stead started in the Nevada desert more than 47 years ago is still going strong.
Held every September just north of Reno, the National Championship Air Races have become an institution for northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world. For one week, the high desert north of Reno becomes home to hundreds of aircraft, their pilots and crews. In the past ten years, the event has attracted more than 150,000 spectators and generated more than $60 million a year for the region’s economy. The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations.
The Sawbones Maximum Air Racing team has competed in the National Championship Air Races for the past seven years. The team has done well over the years placing 7th in the 2013 gold heat and 4th in the 2014 gold heat. Over 100,000 fans come out each day of the races to watch the incredible pilots and aircraft race at low levels and high speeds around pylons.
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