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QuikTrip Helps Hometown Take Off

TULSA, Okla. -- Convenience store chain QuikTrip Inc. is sponsoring the first-ever QuikTrip Air and Rocket Racing Show in partnership with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium (TASM). The event will be held Saturday, April 24, at the Tulsa International Airport, Tulsa World reported.

"The Tulsa Air and Space Museum is thrilled to host the inaugural QuikTrip Air and Rocket Racing Show," Jim Bridenstine, the museum's executive director and a Rocket Racing Team owner, said in announcing the event at a press conference earlier this week. "We will be hosting nationally acclaimed air show acts including the Franklin Flying Circus and Younkin Aerobatics, as well as giving our audience a true 'sneak peak' at the future of air racing as the Rocket Racers take flight."

Rocket Racers are designed to provide an exciting form of space-age entertainment to spectators and fans, said Dr. Peter Diamandis, co-founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, a new sports and gaming franchise that's based on competitions of piloted, rocket-powered aircraft. "We look forward to a long and successful partnership with QuikTrip, the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and the city of Tulsa," Diamandis said. "This will truly be an amazing event for fans of all ages."

Rocket Racing combines the exhilaration of racing with the power of rocket engines, creating thrilling entertainment for racing fans, gamers, and technology enthusiasts, according to the report. Held at venues across the country, Rocket Racers compete live in head-to-head races through a 3D Raceway-In-The-Sky. Fans witness the live action in real time on large projection screens fed by the Ground Based Augmented Reality System. Through the use of unique remote and rocket-mounted cameras, fans at home also have the unique sensation of riding right alongside famed Rocket Racing League pilots, the report stated.

The QuikTrip Air and Rocket Racing Show will be held on the Tulsa International Airports' western runway located directly behind the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. The event is expected to bring national attention to the city of Tulsa and its rich aerospace industry, which employs nearly 32,000 people, according to area lawmakers.

The Tulsa Air and Space Museum also plans to use the show to showcase the city as a prime location to permanently display one of NASA's retiring space shuttles.

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