Report: Giffords' husband was to fly in Reno races

September 17, 2011 - 6:05 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Astronaut Mark Kelly was supposed to fly in this weekend's air races in Nevada, which were canceled because of a deadly crash.

Kelly is the husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head while meeting with constituents in Tucson on Jan. 8.

Giffords' spokesman Mark Kimble told the Arizona Daily Star (http://bit.ly/q4dRZ1 ) Saturday that Kelly was in Reno for the annual aviation event as a guest of a watch company.

Kimble says Kelly was supposed to perform acrobatics in a plane as part of the air races.

Kelly was commander of the Endeavour space shuttle's last mission this summer.

Kimble says Kelly wasn't at the Reno event when the crash occurred. Giffords remained in Houston where she's still undergoing rehabilitation.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com