Friday’s crash at the Reno Air Races brought up questions about the type of planes used and the history of the event.
Reports are pilot Jimmy Leeward was flying a P-51 Mustang, named "Galloping Ghost" when he crashed into the stands on the afternoon of Friday, September 16th.
The Reno Air Races, also known as the National Championship Air Races, started in 1964. The event now takes place at the Reno-Stead Airport. It features multi-lap, multi-aircraft races on courses that range from three miles to eight miles.
In 2003, a pilot reached an all-time speed record of 507.105 miles-per-hour.
Prior to 2011, there were a total of 19 deaths from crashes or collisions at the Reno Air Races. In 2007, two pilots died in two separate incidents.