Reno Air Races - Unlimited Class
With up to eight aircraft racing over a nine-mile oval course 50 feet above the Nevada desert, Reno Air Racing is a must for aviation buffs, race fans - and anyone who loves horsepower, speed, and competition.
Racing is divided into classes, with similar aircraft competing against each other under established rules. The Unlimited Class is comprised mostly of WWII-vintage fighter aircraft, some of which have had their wings, clipped, airframes smoothed, canopies reduced, and undergone other modifications to reduce drag, and at the same time specially-built engines have been built that develop significantly more horsepower than the original power plants.
The result is that Unlimited Class aircraft now reach into the 500 mph range at Reno, racing over the desert at 50 to 100 feet.
Other racing classes include smaller Biplane and Formula One aircraft, vintage trainers such as the North American AT-6, modern Sport aircraft, and even Jets.