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2005 Air Race Classic 'flight log'

June 25, 2005

BATTLE CREEK, Mich.--Erica Ebenhoeh, a 2004 graduate of Western Michigan University's College of Aviation, shared piloting duties with Sarah Tower, a WMU flight instructor and a 2003 graduate of the aviation flight science program, for the June 21-24 Air Race Classic, a 2,436-nautical-mile women's cross-country event that began and ended at Purdue University.

Racers made stops in Winona, Minn.; Beatrice, Neb.; Bartlesville, Okla.; Shreveport, La.; Walnut Ridge, Ark.; Tullahoma, Tenn.; and Athens, Ohio.

Below are reports from the two WMU aviators, beginning with their June 19 arrival in Indiana for the start of the race. Click on the date for the complete report.

June 24, Lafayette, Ind.--We made it! In the past four days, we have flown 20.5 hours covering a distance of 2,436.3 miles.

June 23, Tullahoma, Tenn.--We were both suffering from mild heat exhaustion and decided to spend the night in Tennessee.

June 22, Shreveport, La.--I turned the ignition key, and we heard a loud grinding noise. Our starter motor was damaged.

June 21, Bartlesville, Okla.--We departed Lafayette, Ind., at 0825 and landed in Bartlesville at 1840 covering 957 miles.

June 20, Lafayette, Ind.--We have a safety seminar and contestant briefing today. The race begins tomorrow morning.

June 19, Lafayette, Ind.--Erica and I are in Lafayette, home of Purdue University, preparing for the start of the Air Race Classic.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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