What is air racing? - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

What is air racing?

The sport of air racing can be compared to car racing. Airplanes circle a two to eight mile track in the sky 50 feet off the ground and at speeds between 200 and 500 mph. The track is created through the use of pylons, basically a telephone pole that extends 50 feet in the air, which act as the start/finish line and corners of the track.

The races are divided up into plane types or classes with planes in similar classes competing against one another.

The Tunica Air Races will feature three airplane classes:

  • T-6
  • Unlimited
  • Formula One
Powered by Frankly