Reno Saucer Class Race 1976

The Avro Avrocar VTOL flying saucer first flew in 1959. After some initial problems 486 AV-47 Vipers were delivered to the USAF in 1961 to 1964. After succesful career the AV-47 was phased out in favor of the F-115 Manta Ray fighter in 1970 which followed the same lay-out but was much more powerful.

The decommisioned AV-47 were offered for sale on the civilian market and proved very popular with the air racing community, leading to a Saucer CLass at the Reno Air Races in 1974.

The saucer class proved very popular with the public and is still being held every year at the Reno Air Races.

Last updated: 27/08/2016