Flying machines

A replica of a pioneering aircraft hangs from the ceiling Wednesday morning inside the terminal at Yuma International Airport, while a race car, once owned and driven by Yuma legend Dick Rautenberg, is on display below. Rautenberg, known as “Deacon Dick,” drove the car to his 500th career win at Cocopah Speedway in 1999, was inducted into the Arizona Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2007 and was named Yuma County Citizen of the Year in 2009. He passed away in 2013, and the car is on display to promote the upcoming eighth annual “Deacon Dick Memorial,” scheduled Oct. 8 and 9 at Cocopah Speedway. The 2021 season resumes this weekend at Cocopah Speedway. See page B1 in today’s edition for further coverage.