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2007 Air Race Classic 'flight log'

June 21, 2007

by Jennifer Jakubiec and Alison Pierce

BANGOR, Maine--We got off to a late start in West Virginia. The visibility in the morning was one-quarter mile and the ceiling 100 feet due to fog.

While we waited in Lewisburg, Alison and I were asked to do a live radio interview with WHIS/WTZE in Bluefield, W.Va.

We finally departed for Elmira, N.Y., at 9:30 a.m. When we got to Elmira, we had a quick turn around and headed up to Burlington, Vt. Today wasn't the best day for winds; however, we were trying to beat the storms.

The flight to Burlington was a challenge. We had to deal with low clouds, rain showers, and the Adirondack Mountains. As we approached Lake Champlain, to the west side of the airport, the skies started to clear.

In Burlington, we waited around for weather and storms to pass off to the south of our course. We soon continued our journey to Bangor. Unfortunately, we did not make it to Bangor early enough to go on to Canada by sunset.

Tomorrow will be the final leg and last day of the race. After flying through West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine and traveling 647 nautical miles, we are spent!

--Jennifer Jakubiec

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