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  • Owned and piloted by Stewart Dawson, Spirit of Texas-Race 105, races through the Valley of Speed during the 2006 Reno Championship Air Races. Stewart piloted the Hawker Sea Fury to a fifth place finish with a speed of 428.759  mph around the 67.29 mile course in the Gold Unlimited Championship race. Photographed 09/06
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  • Mike Brown's F7F Tigercat, Big Bossman-Race 1, races through the Valley of Speed during the 2006 Reno National Championship Air Races. Brown piloted Big Bossman to a sixth place finish with a speed of 362.388  mph around the 50.33 mile course in the Unlimited Silver Championship race. Photographed 09/06
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  • A pair of P-51D Mustangs represent World War II era aviation in formation with a QF-4 Phantom from the Vietnam Era and a F-15 Eagle from the modern day in an United States Air Force Heritage Flight during the 2006 National Championship Air Races at Stead Field in Nevada. The Air Force Heritage Flight program began in 1997 to commemorate the Air Force's 50th anniversary and has continued to combine aircraft from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and state of the art fighters in formation flight displays. Photographed 09/06.
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  • United States Air Force Heritage Flight featuring the F-22 Raptor and P-51D Mustang displays the difference between the premier fighter of World War II and the Air Force's most current fighter during the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races held annually in September at Stead Field in Nevada.
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  • Mike Brown pilots his Grumman built F7F Tigercat around the pylons in an Unlimited Class Silver Heat Race at the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races. Mike Brown's Tigercat is one of only 4 of the World War II era fighters that are currently flying in the world.
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  • The 2008 Gold Unlimited Champion 'Strega,' piloted by Bill 'Tiger' Destafani sits on the ramp at Stead Field Nevada after finishing first in the 2008 Unlimited Gold Finals. Strega, a modified North American Aviation P-51D Mustang powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine, finished 1st for the seventh time in its illustrious career.
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  • Bill 'Tiger' Destafani pilots the P-51D Mustang 'Strega' during heat races at the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races held annually at Stead Field, Nevada.  Strega, a modified North American Aviation P-51D Mustang powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine, finished 1st for the seventh time in its illustrious career.
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  • The 2008 Gold Unlimited Champion 'Strega,' piloted by Bill 'Tiger' Destafani sits on the ramp at Stead Field Nevada after finishing first in the 2008 Unlimited Gold Finals. Strega, a modified North American Aviation P-51D Mustang powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine, finished 1st for the seventh time in its illustrious career.
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  • Sherman Smoot flies the Unlimited Air Racer Czech Mate during heat races at the Reno National Championship Air Races held annually at Stead Field, Nevada. Czech Mate, a modified Yak 11 powered by a Pratt & Whitney R2800 Radial Engine , finished 4th in the Gold Unlimited Finals with a speed of 424.517 mph
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  • The last flying Consolidated  B-24 Liberator bomber flies over the Delta Region of California's Central Valley. Now owned and operated by the Collings Foundation th B-24 was originally built in 1944 by Consolidated Aircraft in Fort Worth, Texas. Originally delivered to the US Army Air Force it was later transferred to the Royal Air Force and saw combat in the Pacific Theater.
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  • Bill 'Tiger' Destafani gets airborne in the P-51D Mustang 'Strega' for the Gold Championship Race at the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races held annually at Stead Field, Nevada.  Strega, a modified North American Aviation P-51D Mustang powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine, finished 1st for the seventh time in its illustrious career.
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  • Bill 'Tiger' Destafani taxies the P-51D Mustang 'Strega' after taking the Gold Unlimited Championship at the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races held annually at Stead Field, Nevada.  Strega, a modified North American Aviation P-51D Mustang powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine, finished first for the seventh time in its illustrious career.
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  • The Winners Circle is reflected in the prop spinner of the 2008 Unlimited Gold Champion 'Strega' at the conclusion of the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races. The annual event is held each September at Stead Field which lies north of Reno, Nevada.
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  • Dan Martin pilots his P-51D Mustang "Ridge Runner" on a low pass down the runway during the 2007 Father's Day Fly In at Columbia Airport in Columbia, California. The P-51 Mustang is considered to be the premier fighter of the World War II and many are kept in flying condition by their civilian owners. Photographed 06/07
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  • Owned by the Sanders family and piloted by Matt Jackson Race 8, Dreadnought, heads into the Valley of Speed during the 2006 Reno Championship Air Races. Matt piloted the modified Hawker Sea Fury to a second place finish with a speed of 453.559 mph over 67.29 miles in the Unlimited Gold Championship race. Photographed 09/06
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  • Race #12, "The Rebel," a stock P-51D Mustang flown by Doug Matthews of Wellington, Florida turns the prop while on the tarmac prior to a race at the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races at Stead Field, Nevada. Matthews, a rookie in 2008, flew the Rolls Royce Merlin powered fighter to a second place finish in the Bronze class with a speed of 350.290 MPH on the 50.12 mile course.
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  • Powered by a 2000 HP R-2800 Double Wasp the Corsair was the first U.S. single engine production aircraft capable of speeds in excess of 400 mph in level flight. Designed by Rex Biesel and Igor Sikorsky of Vought Aircraft Company in 1938 many variants were produced by Chance Vought as well as Goodyear.<br />
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The Corsair was able to out climb and out dive the primary Japanese fighter, the A6M Zero. The aircraft's performance advantage, its ability to take severe punishment, and six .50-caliber Browning machine guns gave Navy and Marine pilots the advantage in the skies over the Pacific. Corsairs also flew in combat during the Korean War as well as the 1969 Football War between Honduras and El Salvador
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  • Dan Martin taxies Dago Red after finishing second in the 2008 Unlimited Gold Championship race at the 2008 Reno Championship Air Races. Martin piloted the highly modified North American P-51D to a second place finish with a speed of 474.305 MPH over the 66.99 mile course.
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  • Owner and pilot Mike Brown taxies the highly modified Hawker Sea Fury "September Fury" after finishing third in the 2008 Unlimited Gold Championship Race of the the 2008 Reno Championship Air Races. September Fury is a previous National Champion when it finished first in the 2006 with a speed of 481.619 mph over the 67.29 mile course.
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  • Owner and pilot Mike Brown pilots the highly modified Hawker Sea Fury "September Fury" into the Valley of Speed during an Unlimited Heat Race while competing in the 2008 Reno Championship Air Races. September Fury is a previous National Champion when it finished first in the 2006 with a speed of 481.619 mph over the 67.29 mile course.
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  • Race #12, "The Rebel," a stock P-51D Mustang flown by Doug Matthews of Wellington, Florida sits on the tarmac prior to a race at the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races at Stead Field, Nevada. Matthews, a rookie in 2008, flew the Rolls Royce Merlin powered fighter to a second place finish in the Bronze class with a speed of 350.290 MPH on the 50.12 mile course.
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  • Four F-16C Falcons of the United State Air Force Thunderbirds take to the air while the P-51D Mustang Unlimited Air Racer 'Miss America' waits on the ramp during the 2008 National Championship Air Races at Stead Field, Nevada.
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  • Rare Bear, piloted by John Penney, taxies prior to a heat race during the 2008 Reno Championship Air Races. Penney piloted the highly modified Grumman Bearcat during the Unlimited Gold Championship Race but did not finish due to a failure of the Pratt & Whitney R3500 engine.
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  • Rare Bear, piloted by John Penney, zooms through the Valley of Speed during the 2008 Reno Championship Air Races. Penney piloted the highly modified Grumman Bearcat during the Unlimited Gold Championship Race but did not finish due to a failure of the Pratt & Whitney R3500 engine.
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  • Sherman Smoot taxies the Unlimited Air Racer Czech Mate after finishing a heat race during the 2008 Reno National Championship Air Races held annually at Stead Field, Nevada. Czech Mate, a modified Yak 11 powered by a Pratt & Whitney R2800 Radial Engine, finished 4th in the Gold Unlimited Finals with a speed of 424.517 mph.
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