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Port Lavaca pilot to compete in Reno Air Races

Aug. 21, 2016 at 4:28 p.m.
Updated Aug. 22, 2016 at 6 a.m.

Dianna Stanger, owner of Darkstar Air Racing in Port Lavaca, completed the Pylon Racing Seminar and Reno Rookie School in June. The team will compete Sept. 14-18 in the National Championship Air Races, otherwise known as the Reno Air Races.

Dianna Stanger, owner of Darkstar Air Racing in Port Lavaca, completed the Pylon Racing Seminar and Reno Rookie School in June. The team will compete Sept. 14-18 in the National Championship Air Races, otherwise known as the Reno Air Races.

Dianna Stanger, of Port Lavaca, owner of Darkstar Air Racing, recently completed the Pylon Racing Seminar and Reno Rookie School.

The annual seminar is made up of race pilots who are preparing and practicing to become certified to race in the National Championship Air Races, otherwise known as the Reno Air Races.

Darkstar Air Racing will be entered in the largest-ever sport class as well as the jet class. Sport class aircraft race on a 6.97-mile course at speeds reaching nearly 350 mph. The jet class aircraft race on a 8.1-mile course at speeds exceeding 500 mph, according to a news release from her company.

The race will be Sept. 14-18 in the high desert north of Reno.

The National Championship Air Races is the only remaining event of its kind, carrying on the tradition of the Cleveland Air Races of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. In 1964, Bill Stead organized the air race near Reno, according to the race's website, airrace.org.

The event features six racing classes, a large display of static aircraft and several military and civil flight demonstrations.


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