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Sawbones Air Racing

8891 Airport Rd NE, C-15

Blane, MN  55449


July 8, 2018

Sponsors have been confirmed for 2018. Almost all of last years sponsors are returning, including large corporate sponsors Building Restoration Corporation, Thomson Reuters, and 3M Company. Our fabulous friends at Donatelle, Dei Fratelli, Hangar 49. RC Avionics, and TACSSI also resigned after many years of continuing support. We're excited to announce that Precision Lens, a contributor from a few years ago, has rejoined the team as a new sponsor this year. We've also had a number of Friends of Sawbones contribute to help with team transportation and lodging expenses, as well as the expense of fuel and oil for Sawbones' annual migration to Reno. See the "Donate" page on this site for a list of those important contributors.

June 1, 2018

Commander Brown fired up Sawbones for a successful test flight today following installation of new exhaust stacks and baffles by Doug Weske of Air Investment Services. Sawbones will  be flying during this weekend's Discover Aviation Days at Anoka County Airport.

May 2, 2018

In the first formal meeting of the Sawbones Air Racing Team this year, Robin Crandall, team owner, opened the season by sharing the commitment of key sponsors, cementing Sawbones participation in the 2018 National Championship Air Races. Sawbones should receive her new exhaust stacks  this week, with annual inspection immediately to follow installation. The plan is to have everything up and running by Discover Aviation Days (DAD) the first weekend of June. The team also hopes to have a special sponsor and Friends of Sawbones event associated with the DAD show. 

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.

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

Sawbones as Discover Aviation Days

National Championship Air Races

September 12-16

Reno Stead Airport

Reno, NV

To Sponsor Sawbones at the Air Races

Download this brochure for details on becoming a sponsor of the SAWBONES air racing team.