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The Thompson race was a closed circuit, pylon-marked contest, comparable to a horse race in the air. Pilots all began together at the start line and jockeyed for position. The race was high speed at a low-altitude, and pilots had to make tight turns around the pylons which added extreme excitement to the event. Civilian pilots and homebuilt planes had a tendency to surpass the military in the Thompson contest. The Thompson race proved to be one of the most popular contests of its time.