Some Air Race pictures

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    As many of you know I spend a great deal of time at the Air Races in Reno (and have done so since 1969) every year and am friends with the race pilots and various crews. Here are a few pics of this years race and some of the show.


    I was in the Jet Class pits for the races so they are a little truncated because of that. We were working on an L-29 and I had to grab quick shots when I was able to.
     

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    Pity there is not a "totally awesome" rating. These photos would certainly earn one from me. F4U & P-38, tremendous machines!
     
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    Great pics! The first fighter plane I ever saw was a P-38 at Martin Aircraft in Baltimore in 1943. My mother worked at Martin and took me to see it while it was on a visit there. I fell in love at first sight and it still gives me a thrill when an air show comes to town with one.
     
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    Love that "Fork-Tailed Devil."

    Glad to see how many survive.

    Surviving P-38 Lightnings
     
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    Here are a few more. The last two are of Voodoo low and fast...
     

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    Outstanding photographs, Westwall!
     
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    Must have been pretty special for a kid back then to get up close and personal with a top of the line war machine.
    The first fighter I remember seeing was the F11 back in the early '60's at an airshow in Ohio, flown by the Blue Angels. The first one I ever got up close to was an F8 Crusader at another airshow back then. It was static, so I could really take in the massiveness of the machine. My folks told me that when I was really little, before we came to the States, I would point & shout whenever the then Yugoslav airforce's MiGs would fly overhead. I do not remember that, unfortunately...
     
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    My father and mother and 3 uncles all worked at Martin Aircraft until late '43 when all the men were drafted at the same time, My father was a welder and worked on the B-26 and the JRM 3 "Martin Mars," the largest flying boat in the world at the time. We lived on the riverbank opposite the assembly plant and the water in front of our house was a seaplane take-off and landing area. I was fascinated by the big flying boats but had to be reassured by my mother that they wouldn't land on our house.

    Picture of the Mars.


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    Here's the Hawaii Mars at Oshkosh. A damned impressive aircraft!

     
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    Here are some pictures from the control tower after the races were over. We were collecting some of the electronics gear and I snapped these while the wiring was being unwound. The second picture is the Jet Pits and that is where I was taking the race pictures from. We were right up next to that RV you see in the middle right of the picture.
     

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