Racing for Girls’ Education in Aviation
As a part of the minimal female pilot population, The Racing Aces, are looking forward to the competition
and the spirit of the Air Race Classic while educating and promoting all that aviation has to offer.
Women’s air racing all started in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby. Twenty pilots raced from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH, site of the National Air Races. Racing continued through the ‘30’s and was renewed again after WWII when the All Women’s Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR), better known as the Powder Puff Derby, came into being.
The AWTAR held its 30th, final and commemorative flight in 1977. When the AWTAR was discontinued, the Air Race Classic, Ltd., (ARC) stepped in to continue the tradition of transcontinental speed competition for women pilots and staged its premier race.
The Air Race Classic was reincorporated in 2002 into the Air Race Classic, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Encouraging and educating current and future women pilots. The current race routes are approximately 2,400 statute miles in length, and the contestants are usually given four days, flying VFR in daylight hours, to reach the terminus.
Each plane is assigned a handicap speed – and the goal is to have the actual ground speed be as far over the handicap speed as possible.
Demonstrating women’s roles in aviation. The early air races were the “on to” type, with noon and night control stops, and the contestants more or less stayed together.
In that manner, weather and flying conditions were practically the same for each entrant and the race officials could release standings to the media after each day of racing.
Presenting and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. The four day air race began in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby, the oldest women’s race in the country. Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden, and Ruth Elder were amongst the first women to compete.