Pilot Escapes As “Precious Metal” Reno Racer Heavily Damaged In Ground Fire – May Be Total Loss

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Precious Metal Damaged in Fire
Photo courtesy of the Precious Metal Air Racing Fan Page

While on a fuel stop on the morning of September 8th, the Reno Air Racer “Precious Metal”, a heavily modified P-51 Mustang, was heavily damaged in a ground fire. The pilot escaped without injury but the aircraft is being described as a total loss. A post by the Precious Metal Air Racing Fan Page reads:

Dear Race Fans,
It’s with a heavy heart I am forced to announce the end of Precious Metal’s air racing career. She sustained heavy damage in a ground fire at a fuel stop this afternoon.
The aircraft was running fine and I was taxying out of the chocks after fueling up, a gentleman came running and signaled me to shut down. I had no idea I was on fire until he alerted me as it was under the airplane. By the time I came to a stop the flames were reaching the cockpit on the left side and I abandoned ship. There was no time to attempt fighting the fire as we feared an imminent explosion with 190 gallons of fuel onboard.
The fire department showed up after about 12 minutes and took 20 minutes to put the flames out with foam. But the damage was done. The aircraft is intact, but sustained heavy damage.
Thank you for all the support over the years, you are the best fans.
Thom Richard

Richard was en-route to this year’s Reno Air Races, scheduled for Sept. 16-20, when the incident occurred. Richard is the team leader of Team Precious Metal. The aircraft was the only Rolls-Royce Griffon-powered P-51 and is based at the Kissimmee Air Museum in central Florida.

These dramatic photos posted to Facebook show the firefighting efforts and aftermath.

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An Aviation April Fools Day 2015 Recap

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B-36 Peacemaker at AirVenture 2015? - EAA Warbirds of America
B-36 Peacemaker at AirVenture 2015? – EAA Warbirds of America

There were a number of funny April Fools Day posts in the aviation world yesterday. We here at AirshowStuff were happy to contribute our own post about the Blue Angels transitioning to unmanned drones, which proved to be one of our most popular posts ever! In case you missed the others, here are some of the best (fake!) stories we saw circulating:

Michael Goulian to Race Historic 1935 Hughes H-1 Racer in Red Bull Air Race

Reno Air Racing Association to Add Cessna Class

B-36 Peacemaker to be featured during EAA AirVenture

“Rotor Floater” Helicopter Ejection Seats
(Despite the article, helicopter ejection seats do already exist!)

WestJet to introduce new ‘SmartSeat’ boarding technology

Aero News Network has a whole bunch of great spoof posts on their site, including this one:
Sonex Wins Contract With The U.S. Air Force: SubSonex Jets Will Replace Thunderbird’s F-16s

Did you see any good pranks or articles that we missed? Did you fall for any? Let us know in the comments!

Air Race 1 World Cup To End At Reno

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Formula 1 Air Race

Air racing fans will want to make sure they’re in Reno in late September as the city plays host to the Air Race 1 World Cup! Reno, NV will play host to the final event of the 2015 Air Race 1 World Cup, a thrilling race of 8 aircraft in a 10 lap battle at 450kph where the first plane to cross the finish line wins! This will be the first international title in Formula 1 Air Racing’s 70 year history.

Mike Major, CEO of RARA, said: “The Reno Air Races has long been a cornerstone of the sport of air racing, but we are not resting on our laurels and many new innovations are planned. So the timing is perfect for us to harness the growth of air racing globally through this partnership with the exciting new international series, the Air Race 1 World Cup, to introduce true air racing to many new audiences.”

Pilots competing in the 2015 Air Race 1 World Cup will be announced in March. Other venues on the schedule include Monastir, Tunisia in early June and Lleida, Spain in late June. The races at Reno are scheduled for Sunday, September 20th.

The Air Race 1 World Cup is sanctioned as the top international title in the sport of formula one air racing by the three official associations based in USA, UK and France. Each event will be covered extensively by global media and the television program will be available in almost 100 countries. The series hopes to expand to more cities in 2016.

Photo from Air Race 1 Website