New 2017 season video and 2018 Winter Party slide show posted in the video section

Sawbones Air Racing

8891 Airport Rd NE, C-15

Blane, MN  55449


February 17, 2018

Robin Crandall hosted a winter party attended by around 160 fans who dined, drank, and danced to kick off the new race season and celebrate the 2017  season. About a third of the audience was new to Sawbones and air racing. Robin and race pilot Curt Brown made presentations sharing a bit about the airplane, team  history, and what racing at Reno is like. They also thanked all the sponsors and team members for their support and dedication. A new video capturing the 2017 season was introduced at the end of the program, which  you can view in the video section of this website.


September, 17, 2017

Starting in 4th, finishing in 4th. The battle up front in the Unlimited Gold race took the stage as Strega and VooDoo duked it out. Dreadnought saddled between them and whomever was chasing, in this case Sawbones of course, as Curt stayed close in the event Dreadnought cut a pylon.  The line up remained as it started, with newcomer Full Noise, the Yak  3M from New Zealand taking up the rear in what had to be a battle to stay on course with all the heavy wake to navigate. With a performance that was as good as it could be, Sawbones will try to break 4th again next year.

September 17, 2017

After finishing fourth in qualifying time trials and the first and second Unlimited Gold Level heats at the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, Sawbones prepares to compete in the final Gold race against Strega, VooDoo, Dreadnought, Argonaut, 924, and Full Noise.

September 11, 2017

Don't miss Tom Lymburn's daily Race Chronicles from Reno. Click the menu tag above.

September 10, 2017

Sawbones arrived in Reno at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8 to get ready for inspections, practice, and time trials early in the week. Chief Mechanic Weske inspected oil screens and gave the Sea Fury a once over before submitting to the  Class Aircraft Compliance Inspection Team for qualification, which Sawbones passed without issue. Ready to race, Commander Brown is taking the warbird through the paces in the course. Everything looks "nominal."

July 17 , 2017

Sponsor Thompson Reuters arranged with race pilot Curt Brown to give Harrison Smith, of the Minnesota Vikings, a war bird flight in Curt's T-6. A recently certified pilot, Harrison flew back seat and enjoyed Curt's demonstration of abnormal flight attitudes. See a compilation of the flight in the video section of this site.

June 12, 2017

Tom Lymburn, Sawbones team member and renowned aviation historian, has been added to the Sawbones website with his own column called Lymburn's Historiography. In this column, he writes different views of aviation history all related to Sawbones and the Hawker Sea Fury. Look for it under the section listed at the top of this page.

June 8, 2017

After the disappointment of withdrawing participation in the Duluth Air Show, because of last minute gremlins, Chief Mechanic Doug Weske declared SAWBONES mission ready for racing today. Owner and pilot Robin Crandall performed the confirming test flight.

April 21, 2017 - Wright R3350 returns from Idaho following discovery of a failed value seat in the number eight cylinder.

March 17, 2017 - Owner Robin Crandall confirms Sawbones will race at the 2017 National Championship Air Races following re-commitment by key corporate sponsors Thompson Reuters, 3M Company, and Building Restoration.

Race History Results

National Championship Air Races 

Reno, Nevada

Unlimited Class

2017 - 4th Place Gold

2016 - 4th Place Gold

2015 - 4th Place Gold

2014 - 4th Place Gold

2013 - 7th Place Gold

2012 - 4th Place Gold

Upcoming Events

Reno National Championship Air Races - September 12-16, 2018

To Sponsor Sawbones at the Air Races

Download this brochure to learn details about becoming a member of the SAWBONES sponsorship team.