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2007 Air Race Classic 'flight log'

June 19, 2007

by Jennifer Jakubiec and Alison Pierce

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.--Early this morning, we attended the take-off breakfast in Oklahoma City. After all the racers had gathered at the airport and the official waved his yellow flag, we were off.

We departed Oklahoma City at 8:30 this morning and flew to McCook, Neb. Throughout the route, there were areas of low visibility, but it was clear at McCook. Our Cirrus out ran quite a few other planes during the first leg of the race.

When we arrived at McCook, we were greeted by many volunteers from the community. We were well fed, and soon on our way to Denison, Iowa. Our "Mother Birds" (mentors) helped us along our first two legs, informing us of weather ahead. We sat in Denison for most of the day. Denison Aviation's owners did an excellent job of hosting the Air Race Classic.

With two hours left until sunset, we captured our best tail winds to Jefferson City, Mo. After covering a distance of 823 miles for the day, we crossed the timing line with only 20 minutes remaining until the official deadline.

--Jennifer Jakubiec

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