Guide to the 2015 Reno Air Races

Guide to the 2015 Reno Air Races

Japanese fighter planes, pyrotechnics, the world’s largest professional civilian Jet Formation Team, and a new and improved Drone Zone are just some of the expansions for this year’s National Championship Reno Air Races. Beginning Wednesday Sept. 16 and continuing through Sunday Sept. 20, the 52nd Annual National Championship Air Races has been the world’s premier air racing event since 1964. Each year hundreds of planes take over Northern Reno’s skies for a week of racing and air show events. This year event organizers are proud to announce three new and improved developments.

For the first time in Reno, the Commemorative Air Force will present their Tora, Tora, Tora Airshow as a memorial to all military personal involved in the WWII conflict. The event’s name originated from Commander Mitsuo Fuchido’s call announcing the Japanese success of the December 7th, 1941 surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. The Tora, Tora, Tora Airshow has been memorializing WWII since 1972. This historic event in aviation is recreated using replica Japanese fighter planes, smoke, fire, and explosions.

The World’s largest professional civilian Jet Formation, or the Breitling Jet Team, is coming to the Reno Air Races all the way from Switzerland. Their Airshow excites viewers with formation flying, high speed passes, and a dramatic finale using their thermal flares to light up the sky. This will be their first show in Reno as they only grace the USA with a few visits a year.

For convenience and easier accessibility, the NASA sponsored Drone Zone will be moved closer to the main events and entrances. Expansion is expected each year as Unmanned Air Vehicles or UAV’s technology continues to increase. This revolutionary exhibit is welcoming to all ages in effort to inform and educate the public on UAV technology and development.

You can find the full event schedule here: Daily Flight Schedule



What to know before the event:

Each year the Reno Air Races provide many food and shopping vendors for the many spectators. Come prepared for the events by dressing in layers, as Reno’s weather can change hour to hour. Nearby parking can be found at the Stead Airport for $10/day. Events typically begin at 8am and fly until 4:30pm.

With the Reno Air Races less than 10 miles from downtown Reno, out of town visitors are encouraged to stay in one of our many accommodating hotels. Eldorado, Circus Circus, Nugget, Peppermill, Silver Legacy, Atlantis, and Grand Sierra Resort are all proud local sponsors of the National Championship Air Races.

Don’t forget to get your tickets today!

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