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Old 09-15-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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Talking Reno Air Race Pics.

For those who love highly modified engines and speed. Enjoy!

The rest of my air race pics can be seen here. http://flickr.com/photos/everydaytuesday/


September Fury, getting a little too close for comfort.


F-22 Raptor


F7F Tigercat - Big Bossman


Yak 11 - Czech Mate, generating a bolt of lightning.


Mustang - American Beauty

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Old 09-15-2008, 12:56 PM   #2
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Those are some damn good pics.

The Tigercat is my fave....for obvious reasons!
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Thanks, Death. Haha, yeah the tigercat is awesome! I believe there are 4 in existence. 3 of them were at the races this year. 2 static displays and one being raced!
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Awesome pictures. I was there in 2002 and can't wait to go back again. There is nothing like the sound of the Unlimited class.

I learned this little tidbit while walking the hangars:
Did you know that in the homebuilt class (and maybe others) there is a steel cable that is bolted from the engine to the airframe? It is required - in the event of catastrophic engine failure, which could potentially rip the engine from the aircraft - the engine will be tethered to the airframe, to retain its "center of gravity", and "possibly" allow the aircraft to land. Think about that for a minute.
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Ah I'm so bummed I missed that this year. So awesome! Nice pics!
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no offense but that first pic looks photoshopped.
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I get to watch them every year from my back yard across the valley. My grandparents also live a few blocks from where the Great Reno Balloon Races are held.
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I bought my airplane at Stead airport! Sweet.
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no offense but that first pic looks photoshopped.
None taken. Watch this vid from last year and pay close attention at 1:20.


[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnlRl1HeeHM&feature=related[/YOUTUBE]
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Awesome pictures. I was there in 2002 and can't wait to go back again. There is nothing like the sound of the Unlimited class.

I learned this little tidbit while walking the hangars:
Did you know that in the homebuilt class (and maybe others) there is a steel cable that is bolted from the engine to the airframe? It is required - in the event of catastrophic engine failure, which could potentially rip the engine from the aircraft - the engine will be tethered to the airframe, to retain its "center of gravity", and "possibly" allow the aircraft to land. Think about that for a minute.
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Ah I'm so bummed I missed that this year. So awesome! Nice pics!
Thank you both for the compliments.

Jon, I did not know that. Some of those home-built (sport class) planes are going over 400 mph now. During qualifying, "Nemesis" put up a lap average of 409.297 mph!
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Wow, averaging almost 410.

Any wrecks this year? There were 3 planes down and 2 fatalities when I was there.

One other cool thing I recall seeing was a homebuilt that had a supercharger. Only the supercharger wasn't on the main engine... it had a separate engine behind the pilot that basically forced air into the main engine's intake. So the pilot basically has a wound out briggs & stratton on his back along with separate fuel for it. Nutz.
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Great photos. I went to Oshkosh this year and that was great haven't been to Reno.
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Wow, averaging almost 410.

Any wrecks this year? There were 3 planes down and 2 fatalities when I was there.

One other cool thing I recall seeing was a homebuilt that had a supercharger. Only the supercharger wasn't on the main engine... it had a separate engine behind the pilot that basically forced air into the main engine's intake. So the pilot basically has a wound out briggs & stratton on his back along with separate fuel for it. Nutz.
That's pretty crazy. Yeah, those guys do some incredible mods to those engines. The commentator at the races said that some of the Merlin V-12s in the Mustangs are running 155 lbs of boost! He described the cylinder as a "metal balloon."

Thankfully, there were no crashes during the event. Rare Bear had a couple of close calls, though. Two of his races ended in maydays. I caught both with my camera.

His first mayday was a stuck right landing landing gear. If you look closely at this pic, you can see the gear door stuck open a little bit. He was just about to land it on its belly, when he finally got the wheel to drop by applying some high-G turns.




Then he blew his engine during the Gold race. This resulted in a very quick and scary lookin' emergency landing. Imagine if both malfunctions had occurred at the same time..

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Great photos. I went to Oshkosh this year and that was great haven't been to Reno.
Thanks, man. Air shows are a ton of fun. I'm going to try to make it to a few others before the next Reno races.

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Nice. Did you take it for a run around the Unlimited Race Course?
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Thanks for the great pics chicken lover... my fav is that sparkin' Yak...

I have got to get out to Reno next year...
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cool! my old man flew out to reno last year in a 172 (he was taking flight lessons at the time) with his instructor, and took my grandfather with them. unfortunately there wasn't enough room for me.

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Thanks for the great pics chicken lover... my fav is that sparkin' Yak...

I have got to get out to Reno next year...
Thanks, man. Yeah, those Yaks are cool little planes. The races are definitely my favorite event of the year. I already can't wait for next year.



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cool! my old man flew out to reno last year in a 172 (he was taking flight lessons at the time) with his instructor, and took my grandfather with them. unfortunately there wasn't enough room for me.

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Bum deal, dude.
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I LOVE AIR SHOWS, my first was the El Torro air show with the blue angels
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