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Reno Air Races 2006
InStead News On-Site Report
We read with some
dismay, a post on the AAFO.COM Hangar
Talk Message Board, a day or so ago, by
an "unregistered" poster, that
John Parker was pretty well DONE for
We took this early
"report", as we do most
"early arrival" reports from
Reno... with a block of rock salt!
Attempting to confirm, and with a couple
of long ring calls to John Parker's line
unanswered, it was decided to "just
go" and ask the man face to face
when we got there..
"What's going on?"
Well, the question we
actually asked John this afternoon at the
Reno Stead Airport was.. "John, good
to see you! We read some rumors before we
left that your engine went south and you
To say that our Mr. Parker's
response was... understated would not
truly describe John Parker's inimitable
way of responding to this sort of
question.. "We are NOT
done" was the response of our
favorite air race "curmudgeon"
as he sat, sweating, in the cockpit of
his Thunder Mustang in front of his
American Air Racing hangar today at the
Reno Stead Airport.
To clarify a bit
here.. we (AAFO.COM) are listed as a
"sponsor" of John Parker's
American Air Racing effort. Accusation
that some bias might be involved with
this report, might well have some
credence.. but what to hell, this is
Air Racing after all!
We had just arrived at the
Reno Stead Airport this Friday afternoon
with a "quick photo mission" in
mind, myself and my travel companion were
tired after our 10 hour drive! Dutifully
shooting away on the windy ramp, our
mission was interrupted by a.. somewhat..
different sound emanating from in front
of Parker's AAR hangar.
It's late, so let's just sum
this report up with these few words and
We arrived at the
Reno Stead Airport this afternoon, we
observed an airplane in the process of
doing a runup in front of the American
Air Racing hangar. On closer inspection,
we found John Parker running up the
engine in his "Blue Thunder"
Thunder Mustang 3/4 scale mustang
The sound was, in a word,
We asked Parker if the
engine was, perhaps, a Supercharged
version of the Ryan Falconer V-12
engine... his "thoughtful"
"It's a work in
Fans, he's got SQUEEZE...
He's got Spraybar water coming out the
cooling doors.. It looks good, it sounds
Sport class has just gotten
In other news from the ramp
on Friday.. (see images below)...
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