National Air Race Museum

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The National Air Race Museum (NARM) was a short-lived (1993-1994) aviation museum featuring the Golden Age of Racing and the Reno Air Races, located in Sparks, Nevada. Aircraft exhibited included an original, non-flying replica of Hughes H-1 Racer.

Aircraft displayed[edit]

Artifacts on display included a pair of leather gloves left behind by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 when he flew into Blanchard Field, Reno's Original Airport.

The National Automobile Museum would rotate vintage vehicles through to complement antique hot air balloon display.

NARM Visitors were beneficiaries of exchange programs with a number of Museums including the National Air and Space Museum.

The museum included an Aviation Art Gallery, Gift Shop and "Fuselage Theater" built with commercial airliner interior for screening of movies.

Many of the air racers and the BF-109G were on loan from the Air Museum in Chino, California. The BF-109G was last seen, a few years ago, in the Planes of Fame satellite museum near the Grand Canyon at Valle Airport in Valle-Williams, Arizona, along with a letter from General Jimmy Doolittle's son informing NARM that Jimmy had become ill and was unable to attend NARM's Grand Opening.

As of May 10, 2008 many of the other racers and replicas are in a hangar at the Main Planes of Fame Museum in Chino. Ed Maloney, President of the Air Museum, says the air racers will soon be featured in an air racing display. The non-flying replica of the Hughes H-1 Racer is currently in storage.

Opened in May 1993, NARM closed in February, 1994. Over 20,000 visitors came through in less than a year of operation. A learning center including Flight School for Kids at Risk and any other children who wanted to learn more about flying was under development at time of closure.

The Planes of Fame Museum briefly reopened NARM in September, 1994, before removing all contents of NARM which have been relocated to Chino and Valle-Williams.