Air Race Classic 2005 at Purdue
What is the Air Race Classic?
The Air Race Classic is the longest-running and only remaining women's air race. It began in 1929 as the All Women's Transcontinental Air Race and has involved such pioneers as Amelia Earhart - who would later join the staff at Purdue - Bobbie Trout and Ruth Elder. The early races were major spectator events, and attendees included such celebrity aviators as Howard Hughes and Wiley Post. Today, the race brings together female pilots from across generations and includes a race for teams of college students.
When is the 2005 Air Race Classic?
This year's race will run from June 21-24. Winners will be announced at a ceremony June 26.
What is this year's route?
For just the third time, the race will run in a circular route, with the beginning and endpoint being the same airport. The 2,455-nautical-mile race begins and ends at the Purdue University Airport in West Lafayette, Ind., and includes stops in Winona, Minn.; Beatrice, Neb.; Bartlesville, Okla.; Shreveport, La.; Walnut Ridge, Ark.; Tullahoma, Tenn.; Ohio University in Athens, Ohio; and Frankfort, Ind.
The 2005 race will include 41 teams of two pilots, including five collegiate teams from four universities. Teams represent 27 states from California to New Jersey and Alaska to Florida. The university teams are sponsored by Purdue University, the University of Nebraska, Kent State University and the University of Ohio.
How are the winners determined?
The race isn't won by speed or by the size and power of a team's aircraft. Teams win based on the efficiency and accuracy they exhibit in every aspect of the race. Teams are rated based on their performance compared to their airplane's handicap. Because of the nature of the scoring, it is impossible to gauge a team's performance in relation to other teams until the competition is over.
Route for the 2005 competition
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