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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Air Races

For my birthday, Eve took me to the Reno Air Races. It is the last event where planes race against each other as a group. It's a circular course and the pilots are required to stay between 50 and 250 feet off the ground.

We got tickets to the pits and got to see the planes and the crews up close.

It had been awhile since I'd been to an air show. As a kid I don't think I appreciated the areodynamics of the stunts the pilots were doing. The trick pilots would do flips and cartwheels, and the fighter jets would slow down to what seemed like 40 MPH.

The races were good, but I thought a little short. They'd do 5 - 7 laps around the course, for a total of 40 miles, but at speeds of around 400MPH. It made your heart jump.

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