Photos © Ruud Leeuw

USA Southwest 2008

Reno Stead Airport,NV



Reno, in Nevada, was a stop on our way back to California; it had been a long drive from Salt Lake City to here, esspecially because all afternoon it had been poor weather. The next day I quickly stopped at Reno- Stead Airport as in previous years DC-3's had been stored here and while I found no propliners, there was a good selection of warbirds plus a vintage transport...
Date of visit 28May08.


Reno-Stead The air traffic control tower and the grandstand for the famous Reno Air Races.


Air Tractor AT-802 N427NS (c/n 802A-0153), registered to William R. Dare of Mohave Valley,AZ on 08Feb08. This plane was manufactured in 2003 and is a socalled 'SEAT': Single Engine Air Tanker.

The Air Tractor AT-802 is a fire-fighting aircraft that first flew in the United States in Oct90.
The AT-802 carries a chemical hopper between the engine firewall and the cockpit and another one under the belly. In the U.S., it is considered a Type 4 SEAT, or Single Engine Air Tanker. As of 2007, it is the largest agricultural-type aircraft to enter production.
In its standard configuration, the aircraft utilizes conventional landing gear (two main wheels and a tail wheel), however, a number of aircraft have been converted to the Fire Boss configuration, which utilizes Wipaire 10000 amphibious floats, so that it can land on a traditional runway or on water. In addition, the Fire Boss can scoop water from a lake or river for use on a fire. In addition to the standard fuselage-mounted retardant tank, the Fire Boss has tanks in the floats. Operations with floats installed have been shown to produce a shorter and narrower retardant drop pattern than wheeled AT-802s.
[source: Wikipedia]

SEAT 184: N9135 is AT-802A (c/n 802A-0117) and registered to Queen Bee Specialties Inc. of Rigby,ID on 08Aug01. Manufactured in 2001.

N81271, serial no.  W46171
Fairchild 24W-46 Fairchild 24W-46 N81271 (serial number W46171) truly is a vintage plane! What a pleasant surprise!
This fine-lined Classic was built in 1946 and has been registered to Franklin C. Hamilton of Reno,NV on 18Sep2000.

The Fairchild Model 24, a four-seat, single-engine monoplane light transport aircraft that was used by the US Army Air Corps as the UC-61. The Model 24 was itself a development of previous Fairchild models and became a successful civil and military utility aircraft.
[Source: Wikipedia]

There are several jet-engined warbirds here, don't really know much about them. Except they must be expensive toys!

That 3036 signifies its construction number, this is MiG-21 UM NX7238T, registered 23May01 to MIG21 Corp of San Jose,CA.


MiG 21 3036 took off with a thundering roar, but quickly disappeared in the low hanging clouds...

Hmm, what kind of bird is this...

Frank Mink provided me with the following link :
TS-11 Iskra/N513BN / Nowak Aviation Co, Johnston, RI, 1999-2005; registered as N513BN, stored at Stead,NV.

F-100 Super Sabre

North American F-100D Super Sabre
N2011U / 55-2888 (cn 224-155)

PZL-Mielec Lim-5 (MiG-17F) N9143Z / 19 (cn 1C1707)

56 is a PPZL-Mielec Lim-1 (MiG-15), NX76584 / 56 (cn 1A07056)

This is what I found when I googled..: "Sure, we've shown you plenty of jet engines powered by 100% biodiesel before, but one thing separates each of them from our latest find: they were all operated on the ground. An L-29 military aircraft powered solely by 100 percent biodiesel has now been successfully flown over Reno, Nevada. Biodiesel Solutions and Green Flight International collaborated on this project, which has as its goal to reduce the impact that jet travel has on the environment. Before the machine was taken into the air, extensive testing was performed on the ground with various biodiesel and jet-fuel blended concoctions. Finally, the pilot and crew deemed that the machine ran as normal using B100 and this performance was taken 17,000 feet above ground. Well done!" (Oct.2007)


Folland GnatFolland Gnat NX1CL

Grumman G-164 Schweizer N8555H.

The Grumman G-164 Ag Cat is a single-engine biplane agricultural aircraft, developed by Grumman in the 1950s.
The Ag Cat design has been in almost continual production since 1957. Initial production was through a contract with the Schweizer Aircraft Corporation, who built 2,455 for Grumman between 1957 and 1981.
In 1981 Schweizer bought the rights to the design and continued production under the name Schweizer Ag Cat.
[Source: Wikipedia]

North American AT-6G Texan N29933 (serial 49-3291).
Registered to Juan C. Redick of Reno,NV on 22Apr05.
Manufactured 1951.


PZL-MIELEC SB-LIM-2 (MiG 15 UTI) NX304SB. manufactured 1955.

Lockheed T-33Canadair CT-133 (Lockheed T-33, serial 21613) N613RC of Cactus Air Force...
That pointy thing isn't a standard feature, is it?


Reno-Stead on

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