From the first air race in 1909 to the present day, spectators have been thrilled by the tremendous aerial acrobatics and speed performances that adept pilots and their beloved aircraft are able to achieve. "Air Racers 3D," produced by 3D Entertainment in association with L.A.-based Pretend Entertainment and Stereoscope, is an in-depth exploration of the fastest motor sport on Earth at the annual Reno National Championship Air Races & Air Show, and commemorates this century-old sport in IMAX 3D.
The first air race was held in Reims, France in 1909, and an American named Glenn H. Curtiss won the prize with a top speed of 46 mph and two laps of an air "track" completed in 15 minutes. He was the first champion "air racer" in a long line of many. The National Air Races in the U.S. settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929, in which airplanes race simultaneously around a closed ovoid course marked by pylons.
Today, competitors soar around those pylons at heights as low as 50 feet above the ground, reaching speed of over 500 mph. Biplanes, jets, and a variety of performance planes follow the basic rules: fly low, go fast, turn left.
The COW had the opportunity to get into the cockpit with the makers of Air Racers 3D. Now, you can go along for the ride in this informative feature that you can find in the COW Library at magazine.creativecow.net/article/air-racers-3d-flying-to-an-imax-near-you