Whistling Death

F4U Corsair in Flight
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The first Vought F4U Corsair was delivered to the U.S. Navy in 1940 but due to landing performance issues it became a land based fighter bomber for the U.S. Marines. Known as "whistling death" by the Japanese the aircraft served with distinction in both World War II in the Pacific Theater and during the Korean conflict. In total there were 12,571 F4U Corsairs were manufactured between 1942 and 1953.

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Wildcat Down Low

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World War II era FM-2 Wildcat flies through the Valley of Speed during the 2010 Reno Air Races.
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F7F Tigercat and Stormclouds

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Grumman F7F Tigercat sitting on the ramp at Stead Field near Reno, Nevada, as storm clouds gather.
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Hawker Sea Fury Post Race Recovery

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A pair of Hawker Sea Furys are recovered after an Unlimited Class heat race at the 2013 National Championship heat races.
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Unlimited Air Racer “Rare Bear” in flight

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Stewart Dawson gets the Unlimited Air Racer "Rare Bear" down low in the Valley of Speed during the 2013 Unlimited Gold Championship Race. Rare Bear is a highly modified F8F Bearcat that since 1988 has held the 3km speed record for a piston powered aircraft at 528.33 MPH.
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Riff Raff in The Valley

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Piloted by Shuttle Astronaut Robert "Hoot" Gibson the Hawker Sea Fury Race 99, "Riff Raff," flies down the "Valley of Speed" during an Unlimited Class heat race at the 2009 Reno National Championship Air Races.
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Under the Turkey’s Wing

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Grumman TBM-3 Avenger, bu85983, piloted by Chuck Wentworth is taxied during the 2013 Grass Valley Airfest held at the Nevada County Airport in California's gold country. This aircraft, like many of the former World War II torpedo bombers saw duty as sprayers and aerial firefighting platforms.
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Taxiing F-22 Raptor

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F-22 Raptor taxiing at Stead Field in Reno, Nevada. The F-22 Raptor first entered service in 2005 after 20 years of development. In December of 2011 the 195th, and final, F-22 Raptor rolled off the Lockheed assembly line.
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