Cold Weather and Ramp
Story at Stead Today
Sept. 05, 2000
Reno last night the first thing that struck me
was the temperature... it's cold here this week!
check-in at Stead today revealed a distinct
absence of activity; that is, until you step into
the office of the Reno Air Race Association,
where attention to last minute details are the
order of the day.
definitely wasn't Andrew Buehler's Day Off.
Biplane Race 26 has the honor of being the first
of the racers to appear at Reno-Stead for the
upcoming Air Races.
their day off was the busy crew at American Air
Racing, where the effort to get the AAR Thunder
Mustang ready for competition continues. Though
hopeful for a successful outcome, John Parker was
less than optimistic about the group's chances
for this year.
"Large Marge" one of the
stars of the movie,
"Conair" taxis around the ramp at Stead
[click image for larger view]
Little activity was evident
on the ramp, soon to be crowded with high
performance machines, save for a quick tour by
"Large Marge," the C-123 Provider,
owned by Aviation Classics Ltd. which
is being prepared for use in an upcoming movie.
Workers ready the soon
-to-be filled grandstands at Stead
of the temporary bleachers is nearly complete,
with workers adding the final touches today. The
next few days should see the "greening"
of the ramp as VIP seating is put into place.
World of Wings "Stead Watch" will
continue over the next few days as we scan the
skies for the first of the "Big Iron"
Mass and Furias are both slated to arrive on
Pilot Matt Jackson indicates, "[the] roller
cams are installed and tested.... [and] the plane
Voodoo scheduled for a Saturday touch-down, these
first few inbounds should mark the beginning of
the "flood" of arrivals for next week's