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Reno or Bust! Championships Races and More Set for Sept. 13-17

The Reno National Championship Air Races is set for Sept. 13-17. Along with some of the fastest racing in the world of aviation sports, the Championships offer entertainment, drone racing and military displays, along with vender operations.

The National Championship Air Races has partnered with Costco and members can now purchase two-discounted one-day Saturday or Sunday General Admission tickets to this year’s National Championship Air Races.

“This is great partnership for the National Championship Air Races,” Reno Air Racing Association COO Tony Logoteta said. “Not only does partnering with Costco online allow us to expand the area where our fans can purchase tickets, but it also allows Costco members who perhaps haven’t seen the Air Races an opportunity to do so at a discounted rate.”

Tickets are available for purchase online at the for $59.99 (regular $76.30) and include all taxes, fees and surcharges.

“We are excited about this opportunity and thank Costco for partnering with us,” Logoteta added.

Additional tickets are on sale for the 54th Annual National Championship Air Races at Reno Stead Airport and online at The website also highlights information about the event and volunteer opportunities.

Entertainment in between races is second only to the races. Livfast FMX will perform at the 54th National Championship Air Races. A freestyle motocross team that performs stunts and tricks, Livfast will perform on the ground between air races.

“We are excited to have Livfast FMX perform at the 54th National Championship Air Races,” Reno Air Racing Association Board Chairman John Agather said. “These guys are sure to make the show on the ground as exciting as the show in the air!”

Livfast joins other exciting performers, including the Texas Flying Legends and Brad Wursten Aerobatics. The Air Force also announced that their A-10 Thunderbolt II Heritage Flight Team is coming to Reno.

On the racing front, The Reno Air Racing Association recently 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,” Button 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,” Destefani said.  “Jay Consalvi will be flying Strega and he’s looking forward to his first win!”

Races are no longer limited to these big fast airplanes. Drones will be at Reno this year. The Reno Air Racing Association announced that they have signed an agreement with MultiGP Drone Racing League to host the National Drone Racing Championship during this year’s National Championship Air Races. The drone racing championship will be held in the Air Races on-site drone zone.

“The addition of MultiGP’s National Drone Racing Championship into the air races allows our fans to experience exciting drone technology up-close and personally,” COO Logoteta said. “While air racing remains our number one priority, we are eager to incorporate this emerging entertainment into our lineup.” 

Top pilots from each MultiGP regional qualifier who advance to their respective regional final will have an opportunity to advance to the championship, as the top two pilots from each of the 14 MultiGP regional finals will be invited. The 28 regional finalists will be joined at the championship by 117 other pilots who have proven themselves through other methods, such as highly ranked competitors from the regional finals and universal time trial leaderboards. In total, 145 pilots will compete at the championship, including the 2015 and 2016 MultiGP National Champion, Shaun “Nytfury” Taylor, who will have the opportunity to defend his title.

For a complete list of MultiGP qualifying events, visit:

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 53 years ago is still going strong. The event has only been cancelled once in September of 2001 when all aircraft in the United States were grounded following the terrorists attacks in New York and Washington.

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. Over the past ten years, the event has attracted more than 1 million spectators and generated more than $600 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. 

Most everything you need to know about the races is posted on the website, including up-to-date news, racing information, tickets, sponsorship and a gift shop chalk full of event-related merchandise, including popular tee-shirts. Help the Reno Air Racing Association’s “perpetuate the most unique air racing event and aviation experience in the world” by attending this year’s event!

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