Reno Air Racing Association Celebrates 60th Anniversary With All-Star Air Show

Blue Angels and Snowbirds headline aerial demonstration lineup, along with static aircraft displays and more



To commemorate its storied 60 years of history and pageantry in Reno, the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is hosting an air show at Reno–Stead Airport from Friday, Oct. 4 to Sunday, Oct. 6. Headlining the event is an incredible and rare opportunity for fans to witness not one, but two military jet team demonstrations, featuring dual performances from the legendary United States Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Royal Air Force Snowbirds. Additionally, fans can expect to see the United States Air Force F-16 Viper Demo, as well as a lineup of first-class civilian acts. The celebration will mark RARA’s 60th anniversary in Reno as it continues its mission to honor our military and support aviation and STEM education. Tickets will be available soon and attendees are encouraged to sign up for news on the RARA website here.

T-6 Class SNJ-5 #25 ‘Vicarious,’ piloted by Jason Karlin, holds a slight lead on SNJ-5 #49 ‘Miss Ellaneous’ flown by Bill Muszala.

“We’re proud of the legacy we’ve established for the past 60 years here in Reno. As always, our mission is focused on making the world of aviation accessible to the community while also helping to inspire the future generation to pursue careers in aviation,” said Fred Telling, RARA CEO. “This will be our first air show without racing in Reno and we’re looking forward to celebrating 60 amazing years with the community where Unlimited Air Racing we reborn in 1964.”

Along with incredible air show acts, RARA is bringing back its STEM Discovery Zone and static aircraft displays for those who may have missed them at the final National Championship Air Races in Reno. Static aircraft displays will include a world-class lineup of aircraft ranging from vintage to military and more, while visitors to the STEM Discovery Zone can immerse themselves in educational aviation activities. Exclusive merchandise honoring RARA’s 60th anniversary will also be on sale.

Unlimited Class P-63 #63 ‘Pretty Polly’ rolls past the home pylon.

“Our air show lineup this year is awesome. Hosting both the Blue Angels and Snowbirds will be a privilege for our organization and a thrilling experience for the fans. The F-16 Viper Demo is also incredible, plus we’re hard at work putting together an exciting lineup of civilian performances, along with other surprises. It’s going to be remarkably entertaining for all attendees,” said Tony Logoteta, RARA COO. “It’s been a wonderful 60 years in Reno and this air show is the perfect way for us to celebrate.”

A final decision on the future home for the National Championship Air Races is expected to be announced in the first quarter of 2024. For more information and ways to support the organization, visit

About the Reno Air Racing Association

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with donations being tax deductible. RARA’s mission is to produce a first-class air racing and air show event that celebrates and perpetuates the world’s fastest motorsport. Fueled by decades of success, RARA is committed to delivering a safe, entertaining and exhilarating experience for fans while also honoring our military, inspiring our youth and strengthening our community, economy and culture. For more information, visit

An estimated 140,000 Reno fans attended, up almost 40% over the previous years.

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