2005 Air Race Classic 'flight log'
June 20, 2005
by Erica Ebenhoeh and Sarah Tower
LAFAYETTE, Ind.--We're getting ready to meet the other racers on Purdue's campus for a safety seminar and a contestant briefing.
Sunday night, Purdue hosted our Takeoff Banquet. It was fabulous. We had the opportunity to talk with our fellow racers and meet each race team. Two teams that were supposed to compete were unable to arrive at the race start on time due to mechanical problems with their airplanes. So we now have a total of 40 teams competing.
With each team consisting of two to three women, the number
of racers totals near 84. Needless to say, the banquet last night
was a large event. Purdue did a beautiful job of honoring our
racers who flew in the Powder Puff Derby--the pre-cursor to the
Air Race Classic--and those who served their country as Women
Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). Without the courage and determination
of these barrier-breaking women, Erica and I would not be here
today. We feel fortunate to take part in such a historical and
We will send our next report tomorrow night, after what we hope will be, a safe and successful day of racing.
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