National Championship Air Races Lands Spot in Top 10 in USA TODAY Award Contest

Event named #2 in 2023 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest for Best Air Show

The Unlimited Class line up for the Gold Trophy Race at Reno in 2015. Sadly, 2023 marked the final year which the National Championship Air Races took place at Reno Stead Airport. (photo by D Ramey Logan via Wikipedia)
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Reno, Nev. – The National Championship Air Races (NCAR), which is held annually by the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), has been named second in the top 10 ‘Best Air Shows’ in North America and first in the United States, per USA TODAY. The winners, including NCAR, were chosen by a panel of relevant experts and then confirmed by the public through a voting process. The wildly popular and well-known event will hold its final race at the Reno-Stead Airport from Sept. 13-17, 2023 and tickets can be purchased online at www.airrace.org.

Aerial view of Reno Stead Airport, looking due south, during Reno Air Races, early morning, September 12, 2014. (photo by D Ramey Logan via Wikipedia)

“We are honored to be named in the top 10 best air show events by USA TODAY and to be alongside so many prominent and well-known events,” said Fred Telling, chairman and CEO of the Reno Air Racing Association. “For decades, the National Championship Air Races has united fans and spectators through displays of aerial skill and impressive feats of racing. This recognition further solidifies that our dedication to providing a world-class event has continued to impress fans far and wide.”


The 10 recipients represent the best air show events in North America and the National Championship Air Races are the highest-ranking show in the United States. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts, including editors from USA TODAY and 10Best.com in addition to other media outlets before being brought to the public for voting. In partnership with USA TODAY, 10Best.com provides users with original content for top attractions and destinations in the U.S. and around the world. In the ‘Best Air Show’ category, winners included private and military air shows, both recent and historic in nature, and covered every corner of the nation. The National Championship Air Races ranked second in the 2023 round-up following a four-week voting period by the public.

Vintage Reno Air Racing between two P-51D Mustangs… each of which bore the name “Bardahl” during the earliest days of air racing at Reno in the 1960s. (photo by Aaron Haase)

The final National Championship Air Races is set to return with more than 150 planes and pilots as well as several ‘hands-on’ displays and experiences including the GRADD-NVBAA STEM Education Discovery Zone, heritage displays, military demonstrations and static displays, and more. The event will also mark the third year of competition for the STOL (Short Take-Off and Landing) Drag which has become a phenomenon both in the skies and on social media. To learn more about the event’s final year or purchase tickets, visit https://airrace.org.


About the National Championship Air Races

The National Championship Air Races are held every September just north of Reno by the Reno Air Racing Association, a 501(c)(3). The event has become an institution for Northern Nevada and aviation enthusiasts from around the world with seven racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civilian flight demonstrations. Independent economic impact studies show that the event generates as much as $100 million annually for the local economy. For more information on the National Championship Air Races, visit www.airrace.org.

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