June 11, 2014 - Buchanan Field Airport in Concord, California, will be the starting line for the 2014 Air Race Classic (ARC), the annual race for female pilots scheduled June 16-19. Pilots will race against their own best speed to the finish line in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, in the small airplane of their choice.
Air racing became popular in the 1920s, but female pilots were forbidden to race against men, so women started their own competition in 1929.
Many of the pilots race not only for the experience, but to refine their flight skills. Racers zoom through 10 intermediate stops in four days in a quest for the fastest time. This year’s ARC will feature 52 teams and more than 100 female pilots competing for the championship title in the transcontinental air race.
Racers will undergo briefings, flight planning, and flyby study prior to take off. There are limitations, and aircraft must be stock certificated models and have their handicap speed identified with a check pilot. For more information, visit the ARC on Facebook and Twitter.