Some of the nation's top pilots visit Klamath Falls on a women's cross-country air race...The planes started coming in at around 10 Monday morning.
"Today is the 2014 women's air race classic." Explains Kristin Garcia of Prescott, Arizona. "From Concord, California over to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania."
45 teams are taking part in this year's competition, which celebrates women's role in aviation.
"And we really want to promote the idea of education and aviation to younger generations of women." Notes Emily Lewis of Michelton, New Jersey. "Actually, all generations of women."
The teams fly in stock aircraft with a goal of making the 'perfect' cross country flight in four days.
"So each race we'll do a handicap flight before the race even starts to get a basic average ground speed." Explains Kristin Garcia. "And then throughout the race, you try to beat that time."
Amy Warbalow of the University of North Dakota adds that teams track weather and wind conditions to plot the best path...
"It might not be the straight line - it might be the curvy line. And, you could come in dead last and get first place."
Civil Air Patrol cadets checked flight times...the planes got fresh fuel...and the pilots got a chance to stretch before heading off on the next leg of their journey.
And while the race is a serious competition, Sandy St. John of Dallas, Texas says it's also serious fun...
"The comraderie - just the flying experiences, the various places that we visit, and the wonderful people, like y'all."
The Air Race Classic is not stranger to Southern Oregon. The race passed through Medford in 1977 and 1986, and through Klamath Falls in 1979.
The race is now in its 38th year.
You can track the race, and learn more at: www.airraceclassic.org
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