MOJAVE — The annual National Championship Air Races, held in Reno, Nevada, are a spectacle of powerful planes racing around an airstrip 50 feet above the ground.
The races’ seven classes include everything from hot-blooded warbirds to jets, sleek craft racers to biplanes.
The Formula 1 class, in which the planes all use the same type of engine – that found in general aviation aircraft – includes planes that can reach over 250 mph during races. It is considered a relatively inexpensive way to get into the sport, according to the Formula 1 air racing website.
Pilot and air racer Shaun Milke will share his experiences piloting his 1978 Formula One racer Cassutt III-M, “Phat Ass Cass”, on Saturday at the Mojave Air and Space Port.
Milke, from Fairbanks, Alaska but working as an independent contractor in Mojave, flew his plane at 180 mph to place second in the rounds of the 2021 Reno races.
Its pilot n°74 red and white will also be exhibited.
The presentation will begin at 11 a.m., in the council chambers, in the administrative building at the end of airport boulevard.
Milke’s speech is part of Plane Crazy Saturday, a monthly gathering of aviation enthusiasts presented by the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation.
The free, family-friendly educational event features a flight line packed with aircraft of various types and vintages, which visitors can view up close.
The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Access to the flight line with its displays is through the Voyager restaurant in the administration building. The restaurant opens for breakfast at 8:00 a.m.
Dogs and other animals, other than service animals, are not permitted on the flight line.
Seating for the 11 a.m. presentation is limited. Reservations are requested by emailing [email protected] or calling 661-342-0604. Donations are requested to support the Museum Foundation.