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Old 09-23-2009, 11:04 AM   #1
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Default Reno Air Races... On the Bucket List?

Alright, so it may not be 100% on topic with old cars, but you've got to admit that real warbirds are right up there with the very best of the other vintage mechanical stuff we drool over. I just got back from my first time at the Reno Air Races, and...

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Old 09-23-2009, 11:12 AM   #2
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Default Re: Reno Air Races... On the Bucket List?

My dad bought a SNJ-4 (AT-6) army surplus July 16th 1946 for $850 , stripped the paint and polished it, use to fly it in air shows for $50 a pop! Still have the original bill of sale and all the original paper work on it. He sold it in 1950 just before i was born , went to south America and thats where we lost track of it. I have tried to fine it many times through the serial number with no luck. Would love to go to the races my mom and dad used to go about every year.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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Anderson and Hoover! I wish I could have been there. Did a little airframe and powerplant when I was in college, Fm-2 and Stearmans. I love prop planes, particularly P-40's.
The sound is outa this world.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:18 AM   #4
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Default Re: Reno Air Races... On the Bucket List?

I love air shows and have been going to them since I was a kid. Last year I got to ride in a T-28 Aircraft under the Flying Trojans which was pretty amazing. It's not a p51 but it was cool none the less!!!

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Old 09-23-2009, 11:19 AM   #5
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agree. great stuff.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:23 AM   #6
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Default Re: Reno Air Races... On the Bucket List?

The sound of the V-12's at full song is one that is music to any gearhead's ears. Those big radials are like art.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:25 AM   #7
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its on my list!!!!
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:43 AM   #8
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Never been there but my dad hat a shirtail involvement with RareBear in the early 80s. I plan on taking LilT to EAFB's airshow next year, he will be 3 1/2, a good age since he is already nuts about planes. I think we may have another Joe Foss on our hands.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:48 AM   #9
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Tman, if you can ever get the boy out to Oshkosh, you'll never see him again. That place is fantastic.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:56 AM   #10
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I go to Reno occasionally. Mainly for the sound.
I especially love the sound of a v-12 after it passes by and just when the sound begins to taper off, you get that killer reverb. Nothing as cool as that.

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Old 09-23-2009, 12:09 PM   #11
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Default Re: Reno Air Races... On the Bucket List?

This is something that i have always wanted to go to. It looks like just too much fun. This is a funny coincidence cuz I just started building a p-40 model. I love these old birds.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:14 PM   #12
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Uh huh... now you've gone and done it! Like B-ville, once you're hooked...

So when do we see the "Airplanes" animation?
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:24 PM   #13
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Usta be able to watch the Dayton, Ohio airshow from my back yard. Every year I'd rush outside, at the first sound of a piston engined airplane. Watching and hearing the WWII birds fly over was always a thrill. To see B-17, B-29 and B-24 fly over in formation is something to behold. Then when the fighters started arriving, the day was on hold as long as they were in the air.
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Old 09-23-2009, 12:26 PM   #14
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definatly cool.........in 99 i lettered rare bear, and got to pit as well.

shell oil came back on board at the last minute, and i was lettering their logo as the t birds, or blue angels (cant remember which) were doing low passes overhead , talk about straining your concentration, lol

got to witness testing at van nuys airport as well, rare bear is quite a machine.



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Old 09-23-2009, 12:45 PM   #15
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definatly cool.........in 99 i lettered rare bear, and got to pit as well.

shell oil came back on board at the last minute, and i was lettering their logo as the t birds, or blue angels (cant remember which) were doing low passes overhead , talk about straining your concentration, lol

got to witness testing at van nuys airport as well, rare bear is quite a machine.



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Rare Bear wasn't having a good race this year- some mechanical issues. Usually that beast is way ahead of the pack...

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Old 09-23-2009, 01:04 PM   #16
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Default Re: Reno Air Races... On the Bucket List?

Thanks for the great article and pictures. Hey, warbirds are the Hot Rods of the sky. And to meet legendary pilots to boot? How cool! I especailly would have loved to have met Clarence "Bud" Anderson. I have always been a big fan of the Old Crow.
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:05 PM   #17
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:05 PM   #18
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Default Re: Reno Air Races... On the Bucket List?

I'd LOVE to ge to the Reno air races, so I'm VERY envious of you!

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Old 09-23-2009, 01:29 PM   #19
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Rare Bear wasn't having a good race this year- some mechanical issues. Usually that beast is way ahead of the pack...

http://www.rarebear.com/rarebear/about_Rare_Bear/


yeah, it broke in 99 during the gold race as well. i think it still holds the prop driven record ?



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Old 09-23-2009, 01:53 PM   #20
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Those guys have THE biggest cajones..not a whole lot of wiggle room when something goes wrong at 500 ft. and 500 mph..We are an aviation family starting with my Dad at Kelly AFB in 1938..one airshow remembrance is of three or so eager but clueless spectators standing behind and slightly off to the side of one of the big Grummans turning over, when those big radials catch, a half-gallon of unburnt gas and oil, greasy smoke and grit go flyin out the back, those folks were soaked,dirty and deaf! not a good place to stand!..Oshkosh and Reno should be on everyones bucket list for sure..There is nothing like seeing all of the remaining B-17s flyin over your head!...
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