2005 Air Race Classic 'flight log'
June 21, 2005
by Erica Ebenhoeh and Sarah Tower
BARTLESVILLE, Okla.--This morning (June 21), at 0600 Central
Daylight Time, Erica and I attended the Takeoff Breakfast. Eighty-plus
women gathered in Purdue University's main hangar, we enjoyed
a hearty meal and a thorough weather briefing. After the meeting,
we all attended to the task of pre-flighting our airplanes.
We flew as fast as possible to the first stop, Winona, Minn. The original route included a stop at La Crosse, Wis., but the FAA did not approve that stop, so the first stop occurred just a few miles north of La Crosse at Winona.
During the first leg of the race, one plane ran out of fuel and was forced to land on an expressway. That left 39 planes in the race at Winona.
After refueling, checking the updated weather and guzzling
more water, we departed to the next stop, Beatrice, Neb. Aside
from the 80+ degree heat aloft, we had an uneventful flight with
a nice tailwind. Finally, our last leg brought us to Bartlesville,
Okla. We stopped here for the night. We've had blue skies today
and feel confident in our performance so far.
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