Despite tragedy, Reno air races reopen for business

Mar 23 2012 - 12:46pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Despite the deaths of 11 people, federal investigations and lawsuits seeking millions of dollars, organizers of the Reno air races are moving ahead with plans to hold the event again in September.

Emails announcing ticket sales for the 49th annual National Championship Air Races Sept. 12-16 at the Reno-Stead Airport went out this week, touting a "fun-filled racing experience."

The announcement also promised a "world-class memorial and tribute" for the 10 spectators who were killed, the 74 who were injured and the pilot who died when his World War II-era fighter plane slammed into two rows of box seats last year and left a hole 3 feet deep.

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