Noted biplane racing champion Tom Aberle passed away from cancer on June 15, 2019. He was 75 years old.
Tom's aviation career started early via his parents, Harry and Yvonne Aberle. Harry was a celestial navigator on trans-Atlantic airliners back in the round motor days; later he and Yvonne operated a flight school in Compton, California. They relocated the FBO to Fallbrook, California in 1968 where it remains in operation as Fallbrook Air Service. Continue reading "Tom Aberle 1943 - 2019"
In what has to be one of the rarest of Reno air racing occurrences, James Stringer suffered a bird strike during the third lap of his Sport Bronze final today. In an admirable display of composure Stringer was able to mayday safely out of the race despite the shock, shattered plexiglass and a minor cut to his right cheek. Continue reading "Reno Bird Strike"
Surprising absolutely no one, Andrew Buehler started first, immediately began lapping nearly everyone and finished first in today's Biplane Gold race. Flying Phantom, the modified beyond recognition Mong Sport he's co-owned with Tom Aberle since the beginning, Buehler capped a trouble-free Reno year in all-conquering fashion. Certainly Phantom is one of the winningist race planes of all time, and has taken Tom Aberle into the ranks of the most successful pilots in Reno history. Continue reading "Biplane Gold"