2004 Air Race Classic 'flight log'
by Amanda Gruden and Sarah Tower
June 23, 2004
GILLETTE, Wyo.--Hello from Gillette, Wyo. Our day began at 5 a.m. CDT. After a positive weather briefing, we packed up and enjoyed a takeoff breakfast with all the racers and then headed to the airplanes for the start.
At 8 a.m., the first five airplanes started up and taxied out for departure. By 8:30, all 33 aircraft were airborne. We flew from Wichita, Kan., to Lamar Colo., to North Platte, Neb., and finally ended up in Gillette. it is now 9 p.m. MDT.
The flights were uneventful, with plenty of sunshine and tailwinds.
Sarah and I encountered new scenery and America's heartland at
its best. I finally saw a wild antelope.
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