Last of the Reno Air Races

Last September at the Reno Air Race’s Jet Gold Race, Hogue Grips’s president Aaron Hogue, 61, tragically burned in while at the controls of his Czech Aero L-29 Delfín (Maya).

Aaron Hogue, 1961-2022, with his L-29

L-29s have long been a fixture of jet races there, typically clocking in over 500 knots, which is fast as hell, especially at that air level with no afterburners or swept wings.

Now, after 60 years, the final Reno Air Races are set to be held at Reno-Stead Airport this coming September with some 150 planes and pilots in attendance.

The end of an era.

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