Airshow Plans Advance in Reno

Tickets are now on sale for the annual aviation event.

Canadian Forces Snowbirds will perform at the Reno Air Show. [Courtesy: Reno Air Racing Association]

Tickets are now available for the first Reno Air Show on October 4-6 at Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS) in Nevada. 

According to the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA), the event will feature performances of both U.S. Navy Blue Angels and the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, along with the U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper Demo Team. A list of other planned performances may be found here

The event, which is sponsored by the RARA, will begin with an airshow Friday night (October 4), and there will be many static displays of both civilian and military aircraft, and a STEM discovery zone.

"This year's airshow celebrates our aviation heritage and the boundless potential for the future ahead," said Fred Telling, RARA CEO and chairman. "We are honored to have made Reno the home of air racing over the last six decades. While we look forward to our organization’s future in air racing. This year, we welcome fans to enjoy an airshow that draws from experiences at the National Championship Air Races to create a one-of-a-kind event.”

This year marks the first time in the annual Reno aviation event's history that air racing will not be featured. In September, the last Reno Air Race took place at KRTS, as community leaders had determined that encroachment by homes and other non-race entities were creating too much of a risk. The last races of that event were canceled after two pilots died in a midair collision.

RARA is reviewing proposals from six cities interested in hosting the National Championship Air Races next year. The organization expects to announce the new location later this spring.

“We are so thankful for our fans and community that have supported us over the decades," said Tony Logoteta, RARA chief operating officer. "And we are excited to produce our 60th aviation event in Reno. We will miss racing this year but have been blessed with an incredible performer lineup and are hard at work to ensure the Reno Air Show provides a unique and exhilarating experience that also celebrates our history."

More information about the 2024 event and ticket sales may be found here.

Meg Godlewski has been an aviation journalist for more than 24 years and a CFI for more than 20 years. If she is not flying or teaching aviation, she is writing about it. Meg is a founding member of the Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture and excels at the application of simulation technology to flatten the learning curve. Follow Meg on Twitter @2Lewski.

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