Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce - Event Information
Air Race Classic
112 WOMEN PILOTS TAKE TO THE SKIES IN 41st ANNUAL AIR RACE CLASSIC!
52 teams to depart Frederick, MD, on June 20 for four-day cross-country race.
June 20, 2017–More than 100 women pilots will take off on the adventure of a lifetime when the flag drops to mark the start of the 41st annual Air Race Classic (ARC), the oldest airplane race ofits kind in the United States.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 52 planes will launch full throttle down the runway at Frederick Municipal Airport in Frederick, MD, 30 seconds apart, departing on a course that will take them 2,648 miles in just four days. Teams will face unfamiliar terrain and challenging weather as they put their piloting skills to the test, flying at maximum speed across 14states to reach the Terminus, New Mexico’s Santa Fe Municipal Airport, by the arrival deadline at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 23.
The ARC participants will be in Decorah the evening of June 21. They will land at the Decorah Municipal Airport for the night and do a lfy by on the morning of June 22.
06-21-17 - 06-22-17
Decorah Municipal Airport 1705 IA-9 Decorah , IA 52101
Several aviation celebrities are among this year’s first-time racers: U.S. national aerobatics champion Debby Rihn-Harvey, and Ariel Tweto, star of the Discovery channel show “Flying Wild Alaska.”
The Air Race Classic traces its roots to the 1929 Women's Air Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other daring female pilots raced from Santa Monica, CA, to Cleveland, OH. That contest, aka the Powder Puff Derby, marked the beginning of women's air racing in the United States. Today, the ARC is the epicenter of women's air racing, the ultimate test of aeronautical ability and decision-making for female pilots of all ages and from all walks of life.
Competitors this year range from college students to a veteran racer in her 80s. Some are flying the ARC for the first time, while others have dozens of races in their logbooks. Each race plane carries a team of two or three women: pilot, copilot andan optional teammate. Of the 52teams in this year's race, 16are representing colleges or universities.