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Air Race Classic

Air plane on runway with flag waving

Air Race Classic, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to:

  • Encouraging and educating current and future women pilots
  • Increasing public awareness of general aviation
  • Demonstrating women's roles in aviation
  • Preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation

The culmination of the ARC's mission is its annual cross-country air race. Women of all ages, backgrounds and professions, flying a wide variety of airplanes, travel approximately 2,400 statute miles over four days. After the takeoff, teams strategize on how many legs of the race to fly each day, and which stop they are planning on spending the night along the route. Weather, wind, terrain and airplane performance all play a role, since the race must be flown in daylight hours. In some years, a team finishing the course in 2 days may be the winner. In other years, the Team that arrives at the terminus just before the official deadline is the winner.

Visit the ARC website

About the Archive

The Woman's Collection at Texas Woman's University is the official archive of Air Race Classic. The ARC collection consists of: