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Air Racing - The First 20 Years

The first major air race occurred in 1909, northeast of Paris in the small town of Reims, France. Twenty-seven aircraft and 500,000 spectators participated.


Learn what happened over the course of the next 20 years. These aviation pioneers formulated the spectacle of an air show when most people had never seen an aircraft in real life.


Join us and feel the sensation of speed, daring and danger as the early pilots and promoters devised a new sport.