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The 38th Annual National Championship Air Races 2001

What was hoped to be a fun September of racing turned into the cancellation of the Reno Air Races, due to the attack on the United States of America. All aircraft were grounded during the week of the planned Air Races, and everybody held their breath, hoping that the races would continue. On Friday an announcement was made that the races were cancelled, as VFR (Visual Flight Rules) had yet to be lifted. Some of the IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) aircraft were able to leave and fly home, but most of the racing aircraft (non IFR) were to remain at the airport. Everyone was there to race, and were able to start qualifing on the monday preceding the attack, thus all the racers expected were present, along with crews and equipment. A number of the aircraft taxi'd around on the ramp or did engine runups, but did not fly. All photographs and captions in this series are from Roger D. Cain (NC 148).

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