The Air Race page on Flight Rides will display some of the worldís fastest motorsport races. The most experienced pilots will come together and challenge each otherís skills as they race around challenging racing circuits. Winning an air race isnít only based on the aircraftís pure speed; precision flying is also needed to become the champion. Pilots need to fly at extreme speeds as well as low altitudes while executing specific maneuvers which make for a fascinating experience.
Air Race History
The first air race was on May 23, 1909 in Paris, France. The Prix de Lagatinerie consisted of four pilots to enter the air race; of those pilots only two actually started the air race. The first air race in the United States was held from January 10th to January 20th 1910 in Los Angeles, California. The event consisted of forty-three pilots to enter while only sixteen pilots participated in the air race. The Army Transcontinental Air Race began on October 19, 1919 and consisted of forty-eight aircrafts to fly from Long Island, New York to San Francisco and back. Only thirty-three of the aircrafts would complete the entire air race.
Todayís Air Racing
Each air race will have their own rules and regulations, some events will have a single class of aircrafts as others will incorporate multiple classes of aircrafts which will test the pilotís skills.
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship was created in 2003 and has grown popularity with fans from all around the world. The series consists of eight races in a verity of countries while performing maneuvers between two pylons.
The Reno Air Race was started in 1964 and has become a very large and popular event which offers a verity of action on and off the ground. This five day action packed event will allow many aircraft classes to compete for victory around courses marked out by pylons. The six aircraft classes will include Unlimited, Formula One, Sport Biplane, AT-6, Sport and Jets. The event will also include civil airshows, military aircraft demonstrations, and a large static aircraft display on site.