Off to the (Air) Races!

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Last month, David headed to the Biggest Little City in the World, sunny Reno, Nevada, for the 47th Annual National Championship Air Races & Air Show. At the event, pilots race in a range of aircraft classes, from biplanes, like the Pitts Special and the Mong, to souped up WWII-era fighter jets, like NAA P-51 Mustangs and Grumman F-8F Bearcats, which can reach speeds of more than 800 km/h.

Above: Aviation legend Doug Mathews, who invited David to join him in the pits, stands tall and proud in his sparkling Vought F4U Corsair, a revered WWII and Korean War plane.

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Reno, Nevada: Where the city’s small, but the dreams are huge.

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The view from the pit: RVs, airplanes and the Sierra Nevada.

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What are the Air Racing pit teams reading these days? The Red Canoe 2010 catalogue, of course. (You can, too. Click here to download the PDF.)

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Sweet racing planes are everywhere at this event. Above, the very slick looking Galloping Ghost.

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Canada represents with the Gunslinger.

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The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, an iconic WWII-era warplane that’s been used, at various times, by 28 different nations.

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Canada’s ambassadors in the sky: The Snowbirds do what they do best.

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David (photographed by David), wearing the brand new North American Aviation Flying Jacket.

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