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2008 Air Race Classic 'flight log'

June 23, 2008

by Meghan Burlager and Betsy Taylor

BOZEMAN, Mont.--Today's report will be brief. We have a 5:15 a.m. wake-up call, and we want to get a good night's sleep.

Today started off with a six-hour meeting going over things for tomorrow's start of the race, and they announced that the hail did not hit the airport--our planes were safe. After the meeting we ran downtown for a quick bite. We both had bison for the first time. Bozeman is quaint, and it was relaxing before the big day.

After lunch we went to the airport to load some bags and verify that there was no damage. Everything looks good, and one of the volunteers drove us over to his hanger to show us the plane in which he learned to instrument fly. It was a World War II airplane that was kept in original condition, with only a few tweaks here and there. It was brought out of production one day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 6, 1941. We were really lucky to be the only racers, besides his wife, who is running the show here in Bozeman, to check it out.

Well, we are off to bed. We'll let everyone know how the start of the race went for us. The weather looks good. The in-house briefer told us that we all were doing something right, because the storm is staying south of us, and it looks like everything is in order. Hopefully we will write to you Tuesday night from Decatur, Ill.

Meghan Burlager and Betsy Taylor
#32 on the tail and #1 in your hearts

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