National Championship Air Races

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74-Year-Old Shouldn't Be Flying a 'Hot Rod'

Air shows like Reno's put spectators at risk: Clive Irving

(Newser) - Witnesses may be praising the Reno pilot killed in yesterday's air show crash, but aviation blogger Clive Irving has one key question: "What was a 74-year-old pilot doing in a souped-up World War II fighter flying in an air race?" he asks at the Daily Beast . The deadly... More »

Witnesses Praise Reno Pilot for Last-Ditch Maneuvers

They think Jimmy Leeward, 74, kept it from being worse

(Newser) - As horrific as yesterday's crash at an air race event in Reno was, witnesses say it could have been worse if not for last-second maneuvers by the veteran pilot. "If he wouldn't have pulled up, he would have taken out the entire bleacher section," one dad... More »

Plane Crashes at Reno Air Races; 3 Dead, Scores Injured

Pilot went down near grandstand

(Newser) - As thousands watched in horror, a WWII-era fighter plane competing in a Nevada event described as a car race in the sky suddenly pitched upward, rolled, and did a nose-dive toward the crowded grandstand. The plane, flown by a 74-year-old veteran Hollywood stunt pilot Jimmy Leeward , slammed into the concrete... More »

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