Registration is open for the Air Race Classic, the annual all-women cross-country air race. This year’s event begins June 23 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and concludes June 26 in Terre Haute, Indiana.
The 2020 event will cover 2,646 nautical miles. The University of North Dakota is hosting the start. Teams will travel to Pierre, South Dakota; Sheridan, Wyoming; Sterling, Colorado; Dodge City, Kansas; Ada, Oklahoma; Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Mount Vernon, Illinois; and Tullahoma, Tennessee. Indiana State University, based at terminus Terre Haute, Indiana, often fields teams of pilots in the air race, which is flown in day VFR conditions.
The Air Race Classic has roots that extend to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, in which Louise Thaden, Amelia Earhart, Blanche Noyes, Pancho Barnes, and other women pilots raced from Santa Monica, California, to Cleveland.