Do the math 2,173 miles + 4 Days = 1 Intense Journey

Now that's XXtreme!

How xxtreme are we?

As a part of the minimal female pilot population, Joyce Wilson and Dianna Stanger are looking forward to the competition and the spirit of the Air Race Classic while educating and promoting all that aviation has to offer. Their passion for flight and competitive nature is xxtreme!

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Many of the pilots will tell you that they race in the Air Race Classic to sharpen cross-country skills, to savor the camaraderie of fellow female pilots, and to see the country. The race has touched down in forty-four states, Canada and visited over two hundred and fifty cities. Follow Dianna and Joyce on their journey.

The Race has Begun!

Today started off with breakfast and a final briefing, all of the teams left for the airport about 7:30 am PST. Our team was...


On to the Race Start

You know it’s going to be a good race when you and your partner can do great things and not so great things. Plus...


Air Race Classic Team on a Mission

Sugarland, TX — Dianna Stanger and Joyce Wilson are headed to the Air Race Classic, which starts in Pasco, WA on June 18th and...


Oldest all-female pilot air race

Pasco, WA – Over 100 female pilots are set to compete in the 2013 Air Race Classic (ARC) this summer which begins June 18th...


Registration has officially closed!

The excitement is building! The 2013 ARC racers are getting ready for the race event. This year we will compete against 48 teams for prizes —...


Flight school flies away with five world titles

Victoria, Texas – Calhoun Air Center was awarded five world titles from Women Of Aviation Worldwide on Wednesday, April 4th. Flight School, Calhoun Air...


Heels On Wheels Radio Interview

Love airplanes…love racing…? How about when you put the two together? Heels on Wheels Radio Show recently interviewed our team mate, Dianna!! “She has...


LETU Aviation Student Whitney Brouwer Earns $5K Scholarship

Longview, TX — LeTourneau University (LETU) student Whitney Brouwer, a senior flight science major from Raymond, Minn., was awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the...

About the Air Race Classic

Air_Race_Classic_LogoWomen’s air racing all started in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby. Twenty pilots raced from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH, site of the National Air Races. Racing continued through the ‘30’s and was renewed again after WWII when the All Women’s Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR), better known as the Powder Puff Derby, came into being. The AWTAR held its 30th, final and commemorative flight in 1977. When the AWTAR was discontinued, the Air Race Classic, Ltd., (ARC) stepped in to continue the tradition of transcontinental speed competition for women pilots and staged its premier race. The Air Race Classic was reincorporated in 2002 into the Air Race Classic, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
Encouraging and educating current and future women pilots. The current race routes are approximately 2,400 statute miles in length, and the contestants are usually given four days, flying VFR in daylight hours, to reach the terminus. Each plane is assigned a handicap speed – and the goal is to have the actual ground speed be as far over the handicap speed as possible.

The pilots are thus given the leeway to play the elements, holding out for better weather, winds, etc. The objective is to fly the “perfect” cross-country. In this type of race, the official standings cannot be released until the final entrant has crossed the finish line. Actually, the last arrival can be the winner.

Increasing public awareness of general aviation. At a time when some are inclined to down-play and have only negative views of general aviation, it is encouraging each summer when dozens of women pilots casually get into their airplanes and safely race each other over trans-continental routings.

There is a spirit of camaraderie in spite of the keen competition, and the Air Race Classic proves a boon to aviation in general. At the same time, it gives the fliers the opportunity to hone their flying techniques. Many other people are drawn into the annual events through sponsorship, ground/air assistance, timing, officiating and as spectators.

Demonstrating women’s roles in aviation. The early air races were the “on to” type, with noon and night control stops, and the contestants more or less stayed together. In that manner, weather and flying conditions were practically the same for each entrant and the race officials could release standings to the media after each day of racing.

Presenting and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. The four day air race began in 1929 with the First Women’s Air Derby, the oldest women’s race in the country. Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden, and Ruth Elder were amongst the first women to compete.

Through out the years, the ARC has drawn entrants from overseas with racers coming from Canada, Germany, New Zealand, England, and Malaysia.