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An awesome year to be at Reno.  

Steve-O is a class act, and is immensely talented and humble... but after 6 wins, it's great to see Hoot Gibson finally go home with the Unlimited Gold Championship.  

http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2015/09/21/new-pilot-wins-gold-reno-air-races/72547532/

If you've never been to the Reno races, you're missing out.  

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Reno Races 2016. Once again, epic times. Steve Hinton Jr. took the Unlimited Championship back. 

Five destroyed airplanes, but no injuries.  Pete Zaccagnino crashed in his beautiful DeHavilland Vampire Friday. Today, it seems two bi-planes got tangled up on the runway and both were totalled.  See pic I took below late today.  

Near pefect WX all week. Was there for the two-ship F-4 arrival... Probably the last time I'll see them fly since Nellis Airshow in November closes the U.S. military's Phantom history. 

Blue Angel pilots were spot on with the timing maneuvers... but the actual routine seems to have a lot more dead time than we had ever seen.  

For all you current or former U-2 guys, join us next year. We have the best party at our location in the Box Seats.  And we had a U-2 flyover Thurday. One of our newer U-2 pilots ran his RV-4 to 2nd place in the Medallion Sport Class.  He hit around 230 mph... yes, in an RV-4.  Lots of racers wanted to see it up close, to see what he had done to make it that fast.  

p.s. An RQ-4 and an MQ-9 pilot came by and hung out with us.  They endured a lot of ribbing, but the large quantities of beer eased the blows.  Good guys!

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Sounds like a good time had by all. Work, as usual, kept me from making it out this year. Buddy of mine made his  Reno debut in Formula One this year.

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The biplane collision on landing roll-out happened right in front of me, but based on the low sun angle, I couldn't tell you what actually happened.

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Cockpit video from Race 1 "Hot Stuff" (Thom Richard, of "Precious Metal" fame) of the Formula 1 race takeoff incident.

*Edit*  Read the video description for Thom's own words about the incident.  Incredible.

 

0:27...  Holy. Shit.

 

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Wow.  That was a serious Holy Shit moment.

 

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After last year, Thom cannot get a break!  He must have nine lives too. That wing clobbered his hand.

Not sure what he can do for an encore after 2015 and 2016. 

Holy shit.

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On September 21, 2016 at 0:02 AM, HuggyU2 said:

After last year, Thom cannot get a break!  He must have nine lives too. That wing clobbered his hand.

Not sure what he can do for an encore after 2015 and 2016. 

Holy shit.

Win? That would be a nice encore...

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Dang, that was insane.

I think that is the best pilot reaction ever.  Literally 1 minute hack after almost getting decapitated, he figures it out "it wasn't my fault".  Lol, I love that.

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Video from "Endeavor" (Steve Senegal), the plane that hit "Hot Stuff".  Again, the video description has Steve's description of what happened in his own words.

** Edit **  I posted this the same way I posted the other video.  Odd that this one comes out as a link, and the previous one is the embedded video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVnRkSSN-T8

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Another incredible year in Box 102. 

Tons of U-2 guys past and present showed up. Plus the usual suspects

Strega looked fast.  But I believe Voodoo & Steve-o are saving up for the world record attempt... again. 

If you haven't been, you don't know what you're missing. 

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