10,000 Miles. 100 Hours. 100 Pilots. 50 Aircraft.
Touching All Four Corners of the United States.



As the warm yellow glow of the sun first stretches above the horizon on the morning the pilots take flight in 2022, you will hear the deafening roar of engines firing up as 100 pilots prepare 50 planes for flight. The day comes to life in the wee hours of dawn as the aircraft take to the sky for the most exciting air race in the history of not just the United States, but also the world!


Papillon Productions is proud to announce “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines!"


This is a fast paced, 100-hour race lasting 20 days with 20 mandatory layover’s where the pilots and their trusty flying machines will touch down in all four corners of the U.S. in a valiant attempt to be the team to cross the finish line in the fastest time. Spanning more than 10,000 miles, no air race of this magnitude has ever been attempted. The creator of this race, Daniel E. Diaz, with the assistance of Captain Don Palas, both shared the same amazement when they realized their dream of such camaraderie and patriotism was coming to life.


“I never thought it would become the worldwide phenomenon that it has," states Diaz in regards to this amazing race that more than 300 million people around the world will have the true honor of witnessing.


So, remember during the weeks of April 20th. through May 10th., keep a close eye to the skies and an ear to the wind as you witness a mission unlike anything before, a mission to reach everyone!


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"The intensity, combined with the beauty of going around the United States, had me thrilled and I only had four months to put it together." 

Papillon Productions began to realize that the dream was in fact turning into a blaring reality.

The intricate details started falling into place.


"I didn't realize the magnitude of this race until it came back to me from the FAA in Washington D.C.

I guess everyone knew by then what the plan was. I thought we would end up with a hundred or so people. I didn't realize that thousands would want in on the race. That was not on the drawing board. Everyone wanted more information that I didn't even have. I knew I had to work fast." 

- Daniel E. Diaz, Writer/Producer



After months of development, Diaz stated; “I took the idea to New York and Hollywood, California.  Everyone was thrilled at the concept.  I knew if I went up against two of the great reality shows, “Survivor”  or  back then “The Apprentice”,  I could beat one or the other.  I would prefer battling it out with Survivor which has a much less sophisticated audience than “The Apprentice” whose audience would love “The Great Air Race.”  I knew I had something great, nothing to match “American Idol” but close.  I knew that by the time the planes took off at 6:00am it would be on the 6:00 NEWS everywhere in the United States.  I also knew that every country in the world would cover the event by the time the planes flew around the Country to an undisclosed finish-line.  If “American Idol” could draw an audience of sixty million viewers, I know I could match that easily.

This is a brand-new phenomenon, never before attempted. The skies of America have hosted numerous air shows, but never has a race of this size, spanning across the entire nation, occurred! Papillon Productions invites you to join them in this fantastic adventure. 


Based on the Reality of real Pilots creating real life adventures, with a mixture of story-lines similar to that of “The Amazing Race”, “Survivor”, “Eco-Challenge” and a bit of “Top Gun” piloting, plus the visual effects of “Fly Boys” much created in 3-D Animation although nothing is copied from any other show, we will take charge as the new leader of Reality Television during Prime Time.


            “The Great Air Race” is not only a coast-to-coast-to-coast endurance race of Experimental Aircraft versus Certified Aircraft, but for the first time in aviation history it’s the longest air race in the world.  Without bringing pilots to the edge of exhaustion or physical danger for big prizes, pilots are tested and examined in their piloting skills to see who really is, “the best of the best” in aviation.


            Unbeknown to pilots, the race leads them into many twists and unknown factors over an obstacle course that exceeds ten thousand miles.  Parts of the race, pilots are only given a co-ordinance of longitude and latitude to fly by to their next mandatory layover. From there, they figure out on their own where they are going next.


            Pilots also compete on the ground at each mandatory layover. The challenges are not only physical, but some are mental challenges as well.  Competitions will prove pilots are not always what they pretend to be.  Pilots are known for crossing every “T” and dotting every “i”.  This reality television show puts pilots to the test of skills many learned during their days of ground school.  The results will amaze many viewers and keep pilots confused to the very end.  It is possible that a pilot could figure out the clue to the entire race on the first day.  But to this date, only one pilot of one hundred pilots has come close to figuring out how to win the challenge.


            The one difference between “The Great Air Race” and other reality TV shows is in this show (the producers have never had any intentions of eliminating anyone other than for a serious behavioral problem or misconduct.  It’s possible that all the pilots together could vote out “three teams” as they are 3/4 of the way around the United States.  The overall competition of winning the race is so fair to everyone that the person(s) in first place could end up in last place and the team in last place could end up in first place after they’ve gone nearly all the way around the United States.  This game is anyone’s game.  The vote-out notion appeals to the type of person with a mean-streak.  Casting of pilots is one of the more promising elements of the race.  With so many pilots competing no one will notice the camera shy pilots, or just aren’t crazy about the spot-light.  This leaves room for the want-be-actors with the others playing roles of “extras” like in any big movie where everyone can’t be on center stage.  The CBS television network is the known network that has always had a prerequisite of older people in its cast.


            Pilots in the show come from various backgrounds.  They all own their own planes. Pilots are also the type of people with big egos. Some are doctors, dentist, lawyers, real-estate developers, engineers and many own their own companies plus the fact that with such big egos, nobody likes losing, especially a pilot.  Many pilots say they are flying the race for pure satisfaction and the love of aviation. Some say, for bragging rights or a dozen other reasons.  I have found that to be extremely true when asking any of them.  Only a hand-full are actually racing for prizes.  These pilots would fly the course even if there weren’t any prizes, but, because of ego’s, they all want to win.


            In reviewing demographics for “The Great Air Race”, would appeal naturally to the reality show viewers, but also to aviators, educators, and people who normally watch very little, to no television. The public would watch this show because it’s different and interesting, not to mention the fact that it is educational and because each team represents each state which naturally the viewers all want their “State” to win.  Also people who are into sports would love the concept of the show because of the challenges; young and old, it’s made for all age groups. It would be very appealing for the 15 to 60 year olds who may want to one day become a pilot. “The Great Air Race” is one big adventure seeing different parts of the United States every week therefore, it’s a history and geography lesson in one, plus its excitement, has a dramatic storyline and the concept and is filled with mind boggling stories of real pilots. We would expect an audience of no less than 100 to 130 million viewers each week according to network executives who have reviewed the concept.


            Therefore, we are extremely confident in the success of “The Great Air Race,” and would be willing to go head to head with, “America’s Got Talent”, “Survivor”, or any other reality show on any network.  We’re sitting on a GOLD MINE waiting to be produced.  One show like this could support a network during any prime-time viewing period.

the game plan

  • Pilots will take off from Georgia heading South on I-75 then west on I-10 to Louisiana.

  • The next morning continues west over I-10 making two stops in Texas.

  • The following day it’s over I-10 to New Mexico.

  • The next day it’s over I-10 again, then north to Lake Havasu, AZ. following the river dividing California.

  • Then Continuing along I-10 into CA. meeting up with I-5.

  • The next day continuing on I-5 to Washington.

  • Then east following I-90 to Montana.

  • Continue following I-90 the next morning to Iowa.

  • From Iowa to Minnesota.  

  • Then from St Paul, Minn. To Ohio.

  • The next morning continuing east to New York and Maine.

  • The next day it’s south to Virginia

  • Southward the next day over I-95 to Virginia.

  • Then to Florida the next morning continuing over I-95.

  • The following day continues over I-95 over the eastern seaboard further south into Florida.

  • Then to the finish-line which will be revealed in Florida.


"The intensity, combined with the beauty of going around the United States, had me thrilled and I only had 4 months to put it together."  

-Daniel E. Diaz, Writer/ Producer


After the rough draft of “The Great Air Race” was on paper, Diaz submitted it for copyright.  Heading back to Los Angeles to meet with other top-notch producers Diaz commented, “I knew that whenever or wherever the pilots took off from at 6:00am this race would be on every television news channel in the United States by 6:00pm that evening.  I also knew it would be on World News in every country around the globe by the end of the week.  Before the race would end, every news affiliate from around the world would be at the finish line.  I had to keep the final destination a secret.

"I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached,

as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed."

- Booker T. Washington