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Air Races 2011 – Day 1

Monday unlimited qualification results The first few days of the races are qualification days. The various classes of racers are given course time. If the race team thinks they are ready the pilot signals to the timer that they want to begin a qualification run. Three laps are timed and the results recorded. The qualification times determine whether the plane starts heat races in the Bronze, Silver or Gold class for their type of racer and it determines where in the class they will line up as they approach the starting line.  You can see here that Steve Hinton, Jr. qualified in Strega (Race 7) at 499.160 mph. Race 5 is Voodoo and Race 77 is Rare Bear. Race 114 is Argonaut, a Sea Fury, Race 74 is shown below. Race 31 is the P-51D Speedball Alice, Race 4 is the P-51A Polar Bear, and Race 24 is the second F4U Corsair in the race field. Qualification runs will continue through noon on Wednesday.

Here are some other photos I took while wandering the airport Monday:

Bob Odegaard in Race 74


This is a new entry this year. Here is Bob Odegaard returning from qualifying in Race 74, a Corsair powered by a P&W R-4360. He qualified at a little over 380 mph.



returning from race qualification runs

A P-40N Race 17 “Parrothead”  returning from qualification  – flying taxiing by two Yak 3 racers, Race 0 is Rossiya Suka and Race 33 is SteadFast.


Rod Lewis on the way back to his pit.

Rod Lewis in his Tigercat, Race 1 on the way back from running the course for a while. He is making his way by Miss America, Race 11 as it starts up.


John Parker and Thunder Mustang

John Parker and the working end of his Thunder Mustang, Blue Thunder II, Race 352. that is a Falconer V-12 up front making all the noise.


Formula One Racer, Endeavor

In the Formula One pits we found Endeavor, Race 11. I guess all the tile helps you find that nut you dropped that always seems to roll as far away as it can.


Formula One powerplant

The working end of a Formula One racer – Continental O-200 engine and prop extension. This is “Scarlet Screamer,” race 50.


Continental IO-720 engine in Nemesis NXT

Adding a few more cylinders of a slightly larger size gets you a Continental IO-720. This is installed on the front of Kevin Eldridge’s Nemesis NXT “Relentless,” race 42. If you’re interested, the plane is for sale on eBay right now and will be sold Sunday night. A bare carbon composite NXT body was in the back of the hanger – Kevin’s new project.

Rare Bear - Race 77


And we wouldn’t be complete without at least one photo of the home town favorite, Rare Bear, race 77 – this year being flown by Steward Dawson.

Aviation Stories for June 10, 2011

This week was another sparse week for my type of links. As a matter of fact I didn’t find a single one that I felt like passing along here. I’m not really into arguing about whether or not N-numbers of business jets should be tracked.

I did find an interesting conversation about CFI compensation on Bruce Landsberg’s blog at the AOPA Air Safety Institute, but it’s more directed toward those of you who are CFIs.

There was also an interesting segment on The Aviators about whether or not a private pilot could land an airliner in an emergency.

But that was about all I found this week. On the other hand, there was plenty going on out at the Reno-Stead Airport this week.

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