Local team prepares for women's Air Race Classic

June 20, 2011 at 1:20 a.m.

Dianna Stanger of Port Lavaca and Victoria Holt will fly an Aviat Husky A-19 in the 34th Annual Air Race Classic, all-women transcontinental air race.

The race, which includes 50 teams, is expected to begin Tuesday morning and end on Friday.

The beginning may be delayed a day if storms move through the area as forecasted.

The 2,722-statute-mile race will begin in Iowa City, Iowa, with stops in Brookings, S.D.; Jamestown, N. D.; Spearfish, S. D.; Rawlins, Wyo.; Alliance, Neb.; Great Bend, Kan.; Borger, Texas; Norman, Okla.; and El Dorado, Ark., and end in Mobile, Ala.

The Air Race Classic traces its roots to the 1929 Women's Air Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other women pilots flew from Santa Monica, Calif. to Cleveland, Ohio.

Stanger and Holt are flying in their first Air Race Classic.

Participants in the Air Race Classic are limited to stock and minimally modified stock airplanes. The race is flown in daylight hours.



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