June 27, 2007

Air Race Classic: Women fly across America

Every June at about this time, some 50 small planes piloted and co-piloted by a hundred women are in the air over North America, racing from west to east in the Air Race Classic, an all-woman, transcontinental air race whose roots trace back nearly 80 years to Amelia Earhart and the Women's Air Derby.

My friend and five-time Classic competitor Kathy McDonald, aka The Flying Nonny, is bringing the race's 2008 terminus to our neck of the woods -- the municipal airport in Mansfield, Massachusetts.

I recently wrote a story for the Boston Globe about Kathy and the Classic. Click here to read it.

To learn more about the race and the women who fly it visit Air Race Classic, the race's official website, and the Ninety-Nines, the organization of female pilots who support the race.

It ain't over 'til the last ladies land.