SWEETWATER, Texas (KRBC) – The 42nd Air Race Classic, starting in Sweetwater for the first time ever with more than 100 pilots, all women. Competitors range from five countries, and 34 states.
“We are just hoping for a safe race and a clean race. We are hoping for no penalties and this year we want to learn and have fun is our main goal honestly,” said Brittany Danko, Madeline Hooks and Rachel Malone, Air Race Pilots from Indiana State University.
“It’s so unusual to be flying along and hear a woman’s voice on the radio and now for four days all you hear are women’s voices, its terrific,” said Lorraine Genby and Amy Myzie, the Blue Footed Booby team from New Jersey.
From beginners to long-time pilots, all passionate about the 2500 mile journey. There to watch the next generation take off, a 97-year-old WASP who trained at Avenger Field 75 years ago, as a young woman serving her country.
“An exciting day for everybody and it certainly is an exciting day for all these young gals that are doing the race. This race started years ago but certainly when there wasn’t this many but to see this many young doing the race, that’s not easy so yeah very exciting,” Nell Bright, WASP.
The race, all started in 1976 to honor the Women Air Force Service Pilots.
“The most inspiring thing for me is to see the WASPS that we’ve met here and having the WASP museum is just amazing what those women did that has enabled us to do this today,” said Myzie.
“We didn’t think it was a big deal at that time. We were just interested in flying the military airplanes and flying for our country,” said Bright.
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