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BLAINE, Minn. (WCCO) — In a large airplane hangar at the Anoka County Airport a team is putting final touches on a high speed competitor. The 1949 Hawker Sea Fury will once again compete in the unlimited class of aircraft at the 2012 Reno air races, Sept. 12 through Sept. 16.
“We just flew it yesterday and the day before, it’s flying good and it’s ready to go,” said the airplane’s owner, Robin Crandall.
With excited anticipation, Crandall and his Sawbones team have the plane polished and prepped. Their bags are packed for another try at Reno — an American air racing tradition.
“Hopefully, this year everyone is going to be safe and it will be a good race,” said Crandall. “We plan to be in the gold top level race. The plane’s been running good.”
The 2011 races came to a horrific and sudden stop when a competing P-51 Mustang airplane crashed into the crowd. The veteran pilot was killed as were 10 spectators seated in the VIP section. Another 60 spectators were injured. A National Transportation Safety Board investigation recently blamed modifications made to the plane, in an attempt to make it fly faster, eventually led to the crash.
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