Reno Formula One Category

Here are some of my photos of aircraft focusing on the Formula One category. This category had a real international flavor among participating pilots. With the pylon access I had at Reno, this was by far my most photographed class of aircraft.

My favorite photo from the entire event was taken as Jason Barksdale, Phillip Goforth, and Paul Newman round Pylon 5 Inner



Scott Holmes of Edmonton AL flew C-FCZM, “Outlaw”, a Cassutt III-M


Justin Meaders won the Forumla One Gold Category in N34XM, his Snoshoo SR-1 “Limitless”


N8EW, “The Kraken”, is a Western Air Racing flown by Ross Killin of Melbourne, Australia.


N9XR, “Sonic Zoom”, is Joseph Clark’s Cassutt III-M


Merse Marti of Barcelona flew N10X, Cassutt III-M “Heat Stroke”


N12SG, “ACME Special” is a Cassutt III-M flown by Jason Barksdale


Matthew Coughin of Berry, NSW flew “Judy”, N44JW, a Formula 1


N52J is Steve Tumlin’s Cassutt, “Fiesty”


“Miss Eve”, N55XJ, is Cassutt II-M flown by Anders Trygg from Sweden


N197 is a Cassutt III-M named “Sleeper”, flown by Justin Phillipson


Lowell Slatter flew a Gilbert DG2, N390DG, “Fraed Naught”


Lio V. Mougel came from Bangkok, Thailand to fly “Hysteria”, a GR-7 Panther, N687RB


N2020J, “Pooder”, another Cassutt M-111 flown by Steve Temple from Guam


Another Cassutt III-M, “Sassy Sangoma”, N5846, was flown by British pilot Rob Michie.


N6291N is Ryszard Zadow’s Cassutt “Last Lap Player”


Paul Newman flew “Fast and Easy”, another Cassutt III-M, N6439T


N6978 is yet another Cassutt III-M, “Once More”, flown by Kent Jackson.


“Annie”, N45889, is Phillip Goforth’s Cassutt III-M


Jason Barksdale (72) pulls in front of Phillip Goforth (17)


Phillip Goforth (17), Kent Jackson (27), and Scott Holmes (9)


Joseph Clark (58) and Paul Newman (26)


Rob Michie (46), Ryszard Zadow (15), and Kent Jackson (27)

The Swamp Thunder that Wasn’t

Swamp Thunder is the autumnal Formation Flying Clinic in the Southeast Region of the RPA. This year, the top two agenda items were a) to get Garry Pope requalified as a Wingman and b) to get Roger Milne some experience in flying formation. At least, that was the program. Mother Nature, however, had other ideas. On Thursday, October 11, the scheduled first day of Swamp Thunder, Hurricane Michael made landfall at Panama City FL, and ripped a path of destruction across the Southeast.  On Tuesday the 9th, in anticipation of the hurricane, Southeast Region Director Jon Blake decided to cancel Swamp Thunder as a sanctioned RPA event. However, he did organize a Plan B in order to make sure that the two agenda items were still accomplished.

Friday, October 12 dawned as beautiful as the day before was, miserable. I started off the day in the back seat of Pope’s Nanchang at Barrow County Airport (KWDR) at around 8:45am.

Lining up for Runway 1 at Waycross (KAYS)


This was about the only non-RPA plane on the ramp at Waycross. This Thrush S2R-H80 belongs to the GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION, and is obviously used for fire fighting.

By 10:30am, half a dozen planes and pilots had arrived at Waycross, focused on addressing these two goals. Jim “Pappy” Goolsby decided to kick things off by killing two birds with one stone, so to speak. He flew lead with Roger Milne in his back seat. Garry Pope flew #2, which gave him a chance to knock off some rust, and it gave Milne a chance to see what a FAST formation looked like, up close.

To paraphrase his reaction, “Damn, they’re CLOSE!”

After knocking off some rust, Ahmed “Med” Ragheb led a four-ship that served as Pope’s “rec ride”.

On the first four-ship formation flight, I flew with Wayne Altman, who is seen here mugging for the camera.


Med performs a pitchout

I’m riding in #2 with Wayne Altman. Med is leading, Pappy is #3, and Garry Pope is #4

In an echelon, Pappy is #3 and Pope is #4

Echelon turn to the left

This is what close trail looks like. In the words of Roger Milne, “Damn, they’re CLOSE!”

Pappy is flying #3 with Roger Milne in his back seat

4 out of the 6 RPA planes that came to Waycross

This was followed by his check ride, with Pappy riding in Pope’s back seat, and Med leading again.

Garry Pope was the man of the hour and his efforts were rewarded when he requalified for his FAST Wing Card

Med is the Lead, and Wayne Altman is #2

By the time Pappy and Hoot finished Pope’s paperwork requalifying him as a FAST Wingman, it was past 5pm. While Pappy and Hoot went up with Milne again to let him see what formation flying feels like from the front seat. It was his first experience in flying formation. “It was much more intense than I’d imagined. I have a much greater appreciation of what goes into formation flying, and I am fortunate to have a core of terrific guys in the Southeast who are eager to help me. I’m already looking forward to my next event.”

For the second 4-ship, Altman carried Milne in his back seat.

Meanwhile, I flew back to KWDR with the newest RPA carded Wingman and we arrived about two minutes before sundown. It was a long day, and Pope noted that he put 5 ½ hours on his plane in 10 ½ hours. It was a LOT of flying, but well worth it for Garry Pope.

Reno Sport Category

Here are some of my photos of aircraft focusing on the Sport category

“Yellow Fever” is Thomas Ishii’s Lancair 360, N11ZY


N542JV is Matt Beaubien’s RV-4 “Low Motion”

Beaubien is running neck-and-neck with Thomas Ishii


Vince Walker’s Lancair Legacy L2K. N41VR, “Modo Mio..


Ernie Sutter is “Jus Pass’n Thru” in Lancair Legacy N66EL


Meanwhile, Pete Zaccagnino’s Lancair Super Legacy, N105PZ, was “Coming in Hot”


Andrew Findlay was the surprise winner of the Sport Category in his Lancair Super Legacy, N115YP, “One Moment”


“Race 39”, Super Glasair III, N123AJ was flown by the reigning champ, Jeff LaVelle


Oliver Langeard flew the only TB30 Epsilon in the Race, N130KL “Zebulon”


N151CR, “Clas Thunder 1”, flown by Mathias Haid, was one of two Thunder Mustangs racing in the Sports Category

The other Thunder Mustang was “Swiss Thunder”, N167BP, flown by Peter Balmer


N158CF,”Taylor Maid” is Cheryl Frederick’s F-1 Rocket


“Sport36”, N164Q, is Paul Downing’s colorful Lancair Legacy 320


“GA 1”, Lancair Legacy RG, is N181KG flown by Karl Grove


My buddy Abe Gaskins flew “Underdog”, N272AG, a Lancair Legacy


Jon Flanagan’s Glasair II-S, N317RM, “Greenstreak”.


Lancair Legacy 320 N320HM, “Tenacity”, flown by Mark Frederickson


N385AS, “Havoc”, is Sean VanHatten’s Lancair Legacy


David Robinson’s Lancair Legacy L2K, “Desert Lightning”, N386DM.


N390WT, “Whisky Tango” Dan West’s RV-8


“General Lee”, N401GL, Lee Ulrich’s RV-7


Jim Rust flew N430R, “Race 24”, Glasair SH-3R


N477CM, Bob Mills’ Super Glasair III, “Mojo”


Dave Morss flew his Morse 320, N499DM “Martin’s Legacy”


Along with flying in the Jet category, Vicky Benzing flew Lancair Legacy N588S “Lucky Girl”


“Miss Ruby S”, N808SJ, is Skylor Piper’s RV-8

Piper and Paul Doning round Pylon 8


Neil Wischer’s RV-8 “Triple Eight” N888RX


F-1 Rocket “Phantom Rocket” N2691B is flown by Scott Prewitt

Reno Jets

I was particularly interested in the Jet category, since I know several of the pilots.


“The Devil’s Own,” the 96th Bomb Squadron “Red Devils” CO’s B-52H (60-059), makes a low “gear down” pass on Thursday.


00-221 (00221), F-16C performs several flybys on Friday


Nathan Harnagel rounds the turn in his L-39C, “Reality Czech”, N139UK.


N139PJ, “Race 37” is Alexandre Eckmann’s L-39. The bottom photo was taken on the morning of the 14th, just before he made contact with Harnagel’s plane


Nathan Harnagel and Alexandre Eckmann came very close to trading paint is this photo. Half a lap later, they did. While both planes were damaged, both pilots managed to land safely.


“Sluggo”, N50DG, is an L-29 flown by Joe Gano.


The Jet Gold Class winner was Mike Steiger in L-39 “American Spirit”, N139BJ


“Dash Force One” was probably the most easily identifiable L-39C on the field. N139LS was flown by Scott Farnsworth.


Arguably the most colorful L-39C at Reno was “Robin 1”, N139RM, flown by Jeff Turney


Pete Zaccagnino’s L-29 “Just Lucky”, N179EP


Honda Jet N422KT (msn 42000071) performed some demonstrations during the week


Pete Stavrides flew “American Patriot”, L-39 N544RC


L-39 “Athena”, N656DT, was flown by Bob McCormack


N757SF, “Darkstar II”. Is an L-39 flown by Vicky Benzing


N900HT, Embraer Phenom 300 (msn 50500061) was the pace plane for the jet heats

“Sarance”, N995X, is Larry Labriola’s L-39C


“Pokey”, NX81637, is an L-29 flown by James Beyer


NX39MX, “Invictus”, is Zach McNeill’s L-39C


The Planes of Fame Air Museum’s CT-133, NX377JP, was used as the pace plane for the Unlimited Class


VH-IJY, “Blue Ice” is Charlie Camilleri’s L-39C, which comes from Australia


Another jet from Down Under is VH-XET, L-29 “Miss Independence”, flown by Kevin Roll



Reno T-6s

There are enough T-6/SNJ entries that they have been given their own category at Reno.

John Lomar flew his SN J-5 “Radial Velocity” (N3272G) to a first-place finish

N127VF, “Miss TNT”, was an AT-6C flown by Eric Woebling

Ralph Rina flew T-6G “Miss Humboldt Hunny” (N158JZ)


“Baby Boomer” was an AT-6 (N604R) flown by Gene McNeely

Mike Pfleger was extremely busy, flying both P-51D “Lady B” and AT-6C “Miss Informed” N620AC

David Vanhoy flies N717UP, a T-6G used as a pace plane

“Bare Essentials”, N1465, is a Harvard Mark IV flown by Chris LaFave

Chris LaFave and Mike Pfleger compete for position,


N2897G, “Six Cat” is Nick Macy’s T-6G

T-6G, N2983, was used as the second pace plane for the T-6 races

N3171P, AT-6D, is “Midnight Miss III”, flown by Dennis Buehn

“Eros” is AT-6D N3173L, flown by Lee Oman

Greg McNeely flies “Undecided”, T-6G N4269Q

“Abracadabra” is N4763, AT-6C, flown by Vitaly Pecherskyy, in RCAF markings.

N5199V, “Gotcha”, is Pete Stavrides’ SNJ-5

SNJ-5,N7296C, “Miss Ellaneous”, flown by Bill Muszala

“Big Red” is an SNJ-4, N7404C, flown by William Walker


N57418,”Baron’s Revenge” is Chris Rushing’s AT-6B

John Lomar leads Chris Rushing coming around Pylon 8

Ralph Rina leads a pack of T-6s

Reno biplanes

This year, I attended the Reno Air Races for the first time. It was a real thrill to be out by Pylon 5 Inner as the biplanes came ripping around, heading for home.


Robert Austen in Christen Eagle C-FRKY, “FReaKY”


Tommy Suell’s Christen Eagle N22XS, “PlaneJunkies”


Scott McDonald rounds the pylon in N24AL, “Christen Eagle”


N24TG, “The Yellow Bomber”, is Kevin Harper’s Pitts S-1S


“Black Hawk” is Anthony Oshinuga’s Pitts S-1S, N45SS


N101HR is “The Batplane”, Casey Erickson’s Pitts S-1S


Tony Higa flies “Tango Tango,” Pitts S-1S N180TT


Miss Diane is a Pitts S-1S, N230MP, flown by Jeffrey Lo.


“RB Special” is a Pitts S-1S, N515JD belonging to John D’Alessandris


David Roelofs flies “Purse Snatcher”, N720CB, a Pitts S-1


“Yellow Fever” is Eric Zane’s distinctive yellow Pitts S-1S, N767JW


N801MS is Alan Hoover’s Pitts S-1, “There Be Dragons”


Pitts S-1C, N966ES, is named “Second Hand” by owner Scott Thomson


My buddy Sam Swift rounds Pylon 5 Inner in his Pitts S-LHN, “Smokin’ Hot”, N2986G.



Biplane Action at Pylon 5 Inner



Reno Air Races – Tuesday

What a thrill to be able to check off one more item on my bucket list: the Reno Air Races! I’ve never been, but certainly wanted to. So when I applied for, and was awarded, media credentials for the event, I was elated! And here I am.

I arrived at Reno on Tuesday afternoon and headed up to the Reno/Stead Airport (RTS) to get checked in and receive my marching orders. After hitting the Media Check-in Center, I hung out with Abe Gaskins for a few minutes before making my way out to the media stand by the runway. It was fairly late in the day but I did manage a few photos before the end of practice.

Race 3 (N63SF) is a Hawker Sea Fury TMK20 flown by Dennis Sanders


Jeff Turney’s L-39C, Race 54, (N139RM) was among the most colorful of the jets out on the course


Here is Brent Hisey’s P-51D, “Miss America”, N991R, Race 11


My buddy Larry Labriola took his L-39C Race 7 (N995X) for a spin around the block.


Race 62 (NL151BP) is a red-tail P-51D belonging to Mark Moodie


Wee Willy is P-51D NL7715C


Appropriately numbered Race 63 is NX163BP, P-63C Kingcobra, flown by Jim Dale


Race 32 (NX39MX) is Zach McNeill’s L-39C Invictus.


VH-XET is Race 61, Kevin Roll’s L-29 Miss Independence


I’m looking forward to much more photography, and meeting and greeting, on Wednesday