Flying the
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T28C Trojan

Reno 2003

Reno 2004

Reno 2007

Reno 2008

Reno 2010

Reno 2011

Hawker Sea Fury

Camarillo, CA
Air Show 2004

Camarillo, CA
Air Show 2005

Chino, CA
Air Show 2005

SR-71 Blackbird

Why keep going back to Reno year after year? Because just when you thought the races had settled down into a nice calm sameness, everything changes. For the last few years people have been decrying the "Superstock Sea Fury" class which Unlimited Silver and Gold had become. Well, this year not one Fury was flying come Sunday - not even the Buick. From this gallery, one could conclude there was nothing but Unlimiteds at Reno, and the pit area doesn't exist. Once again you would be wrong. I did take photos of the other classes, it's just they don't really appeal to me. I'm there for the warbirds. The pits do appeal to me, but I always shoot the pits in stereo, and until everybody has a 3D monitor, there's not much point in spending the inordinate amount of time it takes to scan and present stereo slides.

 

Reano Air Races 2010

 

Steadfast Yak-3

Steadfast was to be flown by John Maloney this year, as Will Whiteside has become the regular driver for team Voodoo.

 

Strega

 

American Spirit L-39

 

The Galloping Ghost Jimmy Leeward

Talk about leaving us begging for more, the Ghost sure looks the part, and it's an incredibly historic aircraft. Jimmy Leeward sandbagged through all his qualifying races, leaving us wondering just how much they had on tap for the Sunday Gold.

 

Voodoo Air Racing

 

Reno Air Races 2010

 

Steadfast engine start

 

F15 at Reno Air Races

Don Martin's Ridge Runner III is the Gold class overachiever, however 2010 was a tough year for the team.

 

Reno Air Races 2010

 

Reno Air Races 2010

Doesn't this just make you want to be that guy?

 

Doug Matthews F4U-4 Corsair

Doug Matthews in the F4U-4. Perhaps the best physical demonstration ever of the size difference between a Mustang and a Corsair was watching the team struggle trying to park a Corsair under Dago Red's old canopy.

 

Matt Jackson in Airbisquit

Air Biscuit had a real fight on its hands...for last place...with a T-28. Rumor has it, the "Biscuit" team pride themselves on always running last.

 

David Martin

David Martin.

 

Reno Air Races 2010

 

Rod Lewis El Jefe Reno 2010

Rod Lewis has picked up where Mike Brown left off, figuratively and literally. The former Big Bossman F7F Tigercat is now known as El Jefe, and Mr. Lewis chose it as his mount for his first foray into racing an Unlimited. The Lewis stable at Reno 2010 included a second Tigercat, Here Kitty Kitty, Rare Bear, and the P-38, Glacier Girl (static display). He also owns September Fury, September Pops and one of the custom Unlimited project planes. Time will tell what happens with these other aircraft. It sure would be nice to see September Fury back on the course.

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