Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada on August 26, 1993 · Page 67
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Reno Gazette-Journal from Reno, Nevada · Page 67

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Thursday, August 26, 1993
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amies, ers like dopted len the shed. NATIONAL AIR RACE MUSEUM 1993 by Deloitte & TOuche, CPA. -F 1 tf? rrzr spur, w ' Vs. .. I 1 if The majority, though, are from the 1930s new enough to look like planes, old enough that visitors fantasize about the romance of flying them. One notable example is Hughes' 1935 H-l racer, the first aircraft to use rivets flush with the skin rather than protruding. Probably the most startling to laymen, though, are a pair of late-'20s racers. Their sleek fuselages show that the designers had some rudimentary understanding of aerodynamics and its huge effects on speed. But in those days many fast aircraft were built to land on water, and these two had to push through the air a pair apiece of pontoons, the size of refrigerators, on struts vntown -fT no N J SPARKS ' 1 Ml' Nugget I ipr jj-- tale Ave. o 14 mile Cliff Purdy polishes Howard Hughes' H-1 Racer. beneath their fuselages. Simple retractable landing gear, found even on cheap private planes now, probably would have added 50 mph to their top speeds. The museum's collection now is in a race with its square footage, and gaining on it. As word has gotten out, planes have begun to come available. When they do, there must be space to display them. "We plan to move within three years," Sanchez said, showing an architect's first rendering of a possible new building, glass walls allowing visitors to see the airplanes against the sky. "We're looking at several sites." He declined to say where they were ("Land is a problem it's so expensive"), but did say the plan is to remain in Sparks, not move to Reno or out of town. "We are here to stay," he repeated. "We're a hands-on museum, and we're going to grow." Claudia E. OrtegaGazette-Journal The National Air Race Museum & Hall of Fame has been lucky and skillful enough to attract some gen erous corporate sponsors. Publicist David Sanchez says its success, though, depends on individual memberships: Without the community behind it, the museum won't take flight. Memberships start at $25 and include unlimited admission to the museum, discounts in the Pilot and Gift shops and a "collector series" membership card that will bear a picture of the Unlimted race winner from the Reno National Championship Air Races each year. "We're not affiliated with the Air Races," Sanchez said. "But we're looking forward to working with them. A good relationship would benefit us both." Besides that individual membership, the group offers $75 family cards, a $100 associate membership and higher levels at $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. Information is available from the Museum, 1 570 Hymer Ave., phone 358-0505. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1057, Sparks, Nev. 89432-1057. Page 2 5 A 3ii Biiiiiis AUGePT. 1, 1993 " v. ' V CONTEST CULL The National Air Museum & Hall of Fame wants to hook families by hooking children on the exciteinent of early airc$aif.-With that in mind, it will sponsor a plastic model contest on Sept. 11. The contest is open to modelers of all ages with judging in five categories: Race aircraft, armor, cars, science fiction and airplanes in general. Entry fee, which includes all-day admission to the museum, is $4 plus $1 per model. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to noon, with judging from noon to 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for first through third places, plus an overall best-of-show trophy. For details call the museum at 358-0505. lijiiS5 Who can you believe when it comes to loose $1 slots? Since 1985, Fitzgeralds is the only casino to use an independent national CPA firm to certify the loose payback percejfigs of every $ 1 machine in Lucky Lane. Our $1 slots are CERTIFIE&LOOSE... Up to 99.3 payback. ( :t) . CasinoHotel Downtown iMio at the Arch v

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