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    Default Red Bull Air Race ending

    The current-final season will be cut short and will not be renewed in 2020. Very sad, as this was a great way to pass the time waiting for Reno.

    https://airrace.redbull.com/en/news/...nd-2019-season
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    Quote Originally Posted by CubersWrist View Post
    The current-final season will be cut short and will not be renewed in 2020. Very sad, as this was a great way to pass the time waiting for Reno.

    https://airrace.redbull.com/en/news/...nd-2019-season
    I'm a HUGE fan of everything aviation, but Red Bull was one thing I just didn't enjoy. I imagine I'm not the only one that didn't see it as real air racing like Reno is. That isn't taking anything away from the pilots as they are all incredible, but I was never excited to watch it. I do think it may have had somewhat of a positive impact on aviation, but definitely not on Reno. "Oh you mean like Red Bull?" I think it would be awesome for the international aviation competition gap to be filled by F1, and even Sport although a little more difficult. Reno will always be the ultimate air race, but more and more international events to help stir up some excitement for September would be pretty cool!
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    I'm with you, watched it couple times and, eh.

    It was not air racing, it's Gymkhana, acrobat trials, or whatever, but not air racing.

    Maybe they saw the 2018 Reno gold sport race on NBC and realized, now that is real air racing.

    So heck, the real Reno Air Racing is still here and alive, what a surprise

    Maybe we'll see a plane or two with RB sponsorship?

    Last edited by Desertdawg; 05-29-2019 at 11:29 AM.

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    I could never bring myself to watch it or drink their overpriced beverage after they stole the idea for the air race thing from Sam Bousfield!
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    Too bad Red Bull didn't put their efforts into a class of air racing like F1 or Sport Class. Instead they tried to reinvent or redefine the term "Air Racing".

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    Always disappointed when an aviation event calls it quits. Overall, not the best thing for aviation in general. While I wasn't a huge fan (though I did watch a few races and in 2017 worked Sun n' Fun when Chambliss and MG performed a "mock" race), I have to say it's not a good thing.

    That said, perhaps it will foster increased interest in Reno to some degree. We can always hope...More Butts...More Bucks!
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    While I do care about how things like these affect aviation as a whole, I have my doubts that the end of RBAR will do anything at all to "hurt" aviation. Sure it's somewhat sad we lost an aviation event that generated some fans (apparently not too many), but at the end of the day what I care about is how this affects Reno. I don't see RBAR being done having any negative consequences on Reno, and as some have said it might be a good thing after all for "us".
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    I think the problem started when they lost their TV coverage. The races were nothing more than an advertisement for the Red Bull brand. Along with declining numbers of people showing up for the races live, they weren't getting enough views to make it a worthwhile marketing avenue.

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    I wonder if the Air Races could bring Red Bull on as a sponsor now that they don't have a competing event. Not to mention the potential for getting additional racers from the Red Bull collection.
    Last edited by Callaghan; 05-30-2019 at 07:21 AM.

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    True all the Edges would technically qualify for sport class. Not sure they would be fast enough to make the field, but with all of them being so similar it might be a close "pseudo-spec" race.

    Also Red Bull does have a corsair and the former "White Lightning". It might be neat if the Flying Bulls came to Reno as an airshow event like the Texas Flying Legends did a couple years ago.
    "young" Thomas

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