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Air Races

The Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority is the owner/operator of both the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and the Reno-Stead Airport. The Reno-Stead airport has been home of the National Championship Air Races for over 47 years, and is the world’s longest running air race. Six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground, with the Unlimited and Jet classes reaching speeds over 500 mph!

In the past ten years, the event has attracted more than 150 spectators and generated more than $60 million a year for the region’s economy.  Besides the on-your-feet action of the races, spectators have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots and crews in the “pits.” There’s a world-class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and great concessions. Experience the action of the “World’s Fastest Motorsport!”

The air races are expected to return in 2021. For more information about the races or to purchase tickets please visit

For more information on the Reno Air Racing Foundation's non-profit organization supporting careers in aviation, please visit

Flying in for the National Championship Air Races?

General Aviation aircraft wishing to fly in for the Air Races must park at Reno-Tahoe International. To make a reservation, please contact fixed based operator Atlantic Aviation or Stellar Aviation