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2020 Reno Air Races

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The 2020 Reno Air Races will be held from Wednesday, September 16, through Sunday, September 20. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., though this can vary somewhat due to weather or other scheduling issues.

The STIHL National Championship Air Races and Air Show (aka Reno Air Races) is a unique annual event held at Reno Stead Airport north of downtown Reno. The world's fastest motor sport also features extensive static displays along with spectacular military and civilian aerial entertainment. It is the last pylon air racing event of its kind in the world. Chief organizer is the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA).

The featured performer at the 2019 Reno Air Races is the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American airmen.

Also flying over the 2019 Reno Air Races will be the F-18 Legacy Flight and the Commemorative Air Force.

Reno Air Races, Nevada, NV
Civilian and military aircraft displays at the Reno Air Races. Photo © Stan White

Racing at the Reno Air Races

You will get more out of attending the Reno Air Races if you learn about the classes of race aircraft and how the races are staged. It makes the whole thing more fun and interesting if you understand the basics of what's going on.

Aerobatic Performances at the Reno Air Races

Between races, you can enjoy air show performances by a variety of aeronautical aces. In addition to the performances described above, air show fans will enjoy Michael Wiskus and the Lucas Oil Airshow, Rob Holland, STOL Drag Race Demonstration, and possibly more.

Military and Other Aircraft Displays at the Reno Air Races

Reno Air Races attendees will enjoy numerous aircraft displays on the tarmac next to the runway. You can get up close to examine a big selection of vintage flying machines along with some of the latest and most advanced military aircraft. Many military planes are open to the public, with flight crews available to conduct tours and answer questions. Vintage aircraft will also be on display covering many aspects of aviation history.

Reno Air Races Tickets

Tickets never sell out. If you just show up, you will always be able to get in the Reno Air Races. Besides general admission, there are various other ticket options as explained on the Reno Air Races ticket information page, including single day tickets and all of the various multi-day and reserved seating options.

Ticket prices increase each day. Adult general admission tickets are $15 on Wednesday, $25 on Thursday, $35 on Friday, and $45 on Saturday and Sunday. You must buy an extra pit pass to access the area where crews work on the racing airplanes. These also go up in price each day.

Security and Safety at the Reno Air Races

The Reno Air Races is a no-pets event. Dogs (except certified service animals) will not be admitted. Backpacks, camera bags, and any other items you bring are subject to search at the gate before entry.

Location of and Parking at the Reno Air Races

Reno Stead Field Airport is about 11 miles north of downtown Reno on I580 / U.S. 395. There are big signs directing motorists to exit at Stead Boulevard (Exit 76). Turn right and follow signs to parking areas at the airport. Once at the site, there are numerous parking options available. One of those options is NOT on the streets in the nearby neighborhoods.

Reserved RV parking is available for the entire event - there are no daily RV parking permits. It's dry camping, with mobile sewer pumping and water supply available. Get cost and other details from the parking information page.

Shuttle Bus Service to the Reno Air Races

For those staying at a hotel in Reno or Sparks, and others who would rather ride a bus than drive, there is a shuttle service available to take you to and from Reno Stead Field Airport. Tickets can be purchased at the pick up locations and at Reno Stead Field. Tickets are $11.50 one way and $21 round trip. It's $52.50 for weekend passes (Thursday through Saturday or Friday through Sunday). Season passes (Thursday through Sunday) are $71. Children 5 and under are free. Shuttle bus service from Reno and Sparks will be available from these locations...

  • Atlantis Casino Resort and Spa, 3800 S. Virginia Street, Reno
  • Eldorado Hotel & Casino, 345 N. Virginia Street, Reno
  • Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Avenue, Sparks
  • Grand Sierra Resort, 2500 East 2nd Street, Reno
  • Peppermill Hotel Casino, 2707 S. Virginia Street, Reno

More About the Reno Air Races

Weather and other unpredictable factors can affect when things actually happen. Air race officials suggest you do not plan your attendance around a specific race or show since it may not happen at the originally scheduled time. Get the additional information you need to enjoy the Reno National Championship Air Races at these links:

Heritage flight at the Reno Air Races, Nevada, NV
Heritage flight at the Reno Air Races. Photo © Stan White

Source: National Championship Air Races website

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