Darryl Greenamyer and John Sharp in Popular Science
Darryl Greenamyer and John Sharp were the focus of an article in a 2005 Popular Science Magazine. The most fascinating part of the article is its focus on how the Sports class is changing air racing, and general aviation. Though the article is over a year old, it still shares some good air racing history and some cool facts about the pilots. Here is a link to the Nemesis NXT website mentioned in the article also.
One fear – a lot of the pilots that fly Reno are getting older. There are some young men and women racing, but I think we need more young pilots to tackle the sport. That’s not easy. Many of the planes require different training and for safety’s sake, there is no substitute for training and experience. I’m just hoping the sport doesn’t die.
I’ve also mentioned before – Reno needs to market better. Compare the websites for the Reno Air Racing Association (RARA) and the Red Bull Air Races. I think Reno is much more exciting with the planes competing at the same time, but you’d have a hard time recognizing that initially from the way things are presented on the websites. It’s not until you dig into the photo galleries that you get the idea of what is really happening. It would be real nice to see things better presented in the future – perhaps with pilot interviews, video, exclusive articles, etc. You know – like what the Red Bull people are doing.