...As Air Races Come East (And West)...

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The first Tunica (Miss.) Air Races start today with Unlimited, T-6 and Formula One aircraft racing around pylons to win the Tunica Cup. Aerobatics and military aircraft will fly between events. Tunica, a 30-minute drive south of Memphis, Tenn., is a resort area with abundant casinos and hotels. Meanwhile, the Red Bull Air-Race season is already underway. The first race for this year was held recently in Abu Dhabi, with the next leg set for June 12 in Rotterdam. The race makes four more stops in Europe before finishing up Oct. 8 in San Francisco. No word yet on the race course, but it seems it ought to include flying under the Golden Gate Bridge. Another new air sport, the Aero GP, launched in Maribor, Slovenia, last weekend. The event combines air-racing, dive-bombing and air-combat competitions at low levels. Hungarian pilot Zoltan Veres won the first round. The event's next date is not confirmed, but it is expected to travel to Spain, the U.K. and Dubai this year.