The 2014 National Championship Air Races were not the best for the Lewis Air Racing team. With three aircraft ready to do battle in the high desert near Reno, Nevada the LAR crew was prepared for anything. The fearsome racers lined up in the pit included, ‘La Patrona’, the twin-engine Tigercat, piloted by Stew Dawson, previous race winner ‘232’, a Sea Fury piloted by Hoot Gibson, and ‘Rare Bear’, the infamous Bearcat that you don't just fly, but survive, also piloted by Stewart Dawson.
At the beginning of the race week ‘232’ and ‘Rare Bear’ were poised to make it an impressive race by pushing the Mustangs to their limits and giving the competition a run for their money. Sadly, by sunset on Sunday, only our Tigercat would bring home a win in the Unlimited Silver class. How quickly the winds of fortune can shift in the dry desert air.
Please enjoy the following video as we track the Lewis Air Racing team’s journey and efforts to bring home Reno Gold. Share in the glory of victory and the agony of defeat.