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The National Championship Air Races is an annual air racing event, the last of its kind and the world’s longest running air race.
The event was founded by Bill Stead in 1964 and has been running since, only being interrupted once, when all flights were grounded in September 2001 following terrorist attacks made against the United States.
For one week every September, hundreds of aircraft, pilots and crews occupy the high desert north of Reno. Over $80 million is raised each year for the region’s economy and in recent years, more than 200,000 spectators were attracted to the show. Six racing classes are featured, along with a large display of several military and civil flight demonstrations.