ABOVE: 38 prospective locations expressed interest in hosting the world-renowned event

The Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) has announced Roswell, New Mexico, as the new home of the world-renowned National Championship Air Races. Returning in 2025, ‘the event will continue to feature seven classes of racing, static displays, military demonstrations and more,’ confirm event organisers. Roswell Air Centre, a former US Army and Air Force base, will host the event.

CEO and chairman of the board for the Reno Air Racing Association Fred Telling said: “We’re thrilled to bring our honoured tradition of racing to Roswell and are confident that they have both the enthusiasm and resources to expand the future of our races for many generations to come”.

In March 2023, it was announced that the upcoming annual race would be the last iteration of the event at Reno-Stead Airport, Nevada with the Reno Tahoe Airport Authority citing concerns including “rapid area development, public safety and the impact on Reno-Stead Airport and its surrounding areas;” bringing to a close almost 60 years of air racing at the venue.

However, RARA initiated an official request for proposals from alternative sites, receiving 38 proposals from locations across the US. Eleven of these went on to participate in bidders’ conferences, with six submitting comprehensive proposals. RARA then conducted a series of site visits, shortlisting Casper, Pueblo and Roswell as the top three finalists. “We are thankful and deeply appreciative of the teams in Pueblo and Casper who invested their time and efforts in the process,” added Trelling.

Ahead of the return of the National Championship Air Races at the new location in September 2025, organisers are continuing their preparations for the 2024 Reno Air Show and 60th anniversary celebrations this coming October.

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