The Washoe County Medical Examiner has released the name of the pilot who died in an overturned plane at the Reno-Stead Airport Tuesday night. 

The ME says 80-year-old John Gano Parker of Reno was found in plane wreckage around 7:45 p.m. on the south end of one of the runways. 

"This was a very experienced pilot, someone well known in the aviation community. Definitely, someone who had the experience to take off and land very well," says Brian Kulpin with Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority.

Before he died, first responders tried to resuscitate Parker on the runway after he crashed and the plane flipped over.   

Crews towed the plane to where they can examine it.

The tower doesn't operate outside of the air races. Pilots communicate with other pilots, so no word on any emergency communications as the pilot tried to land.  

The cause of death will be released pending an autopsy.

Parker and his wife Jan founded Blue Thunder Air Racing in 1998 and he won Formula One Air Race Championships in the 1970s and 1980 and was well known to the local aviation community