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    Default FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    I have finally broken down and started posting selected scenes from my 20+ years of BRADFIRE video tapes. Every now and then the topic of the "Bomber race" from Reno 1997 comes up. Here's a link to some video of Fifi and Diamond Lil turning a couple of 300 mph laps around the sticks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA_b...ature=youtu.be

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    Default Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    Wow! Been waiting a loooooong time to see that. It's just like I remember it.
    Did you ever think it would be so rare?

    Huge thanks for that, sir.
    You'll get your chance, smart guy!

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    Default Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    I never saw Miss Ashley, so that video of yours was cool to see.


    But "Bomber Race" to me means Lincoln 1975.
    remember the Oogahonk!

    old school enthusiast of civilian Warbirds

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    Default Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    I think its time to one up the B24/b29 "race", with Doc vs Fifi. What a sight that would be.

    Cool video, thanks for posting that

    Will

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    Default Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    Brad:
    Very cool video, thanks for putting it up.

    Might you happen to have any video of when the F14 ran the unlimited course...I think it was '98 or '99? That was something to behold
    Mark Johnson
    Strega Fan since 1997

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    Default Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    Quote Originally Posted by MustangFan View Post
    ...when the F14 ran the unlimited course...I think it was '98 or '99? That was something to behold
    That was awesome. I have been preaching that EVERY air show act should have to do a MANDATORY lap of some sort ever since.
    You'll get your chance, smart guy!

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    Default Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    Really amazing. Thank you for posting that. Heard about it for years.

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    Thumbs up Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    Thanks for posting that Big_Jim!
    I have relayed the link to that video clip to my friend who in turn relayed that to the pilot that was flying Diamond Lil around the pylons.
    I got word back that he LOVED IT!
    I would still like to get a dvd copy for him if you don't mind.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    Wouldn't it be a great addition to the show, to have Bombers (B17, B24, B25, B26 & B29) do couple parade laps. Maybe Saturdays & Sundays, scripted to keep them a safe distance from each other for safety and such. I think the visual of that, combined with the sound would just be over the top.

    They could bill it as "Bomber Races". Maybe even to help offset some of the costs, sell rides???


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    Default Re: FiFi & Diamond Lil battle around the pylons -- Reno 1997

    ^^^Great idea!
    You'll get your chance, smart guy!

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