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2007 Air Race Classic 'flight log'

June 18, 2007

by Jennifer Jakubiec and Alison Pierce

OKLAHOMA CITY--Alison and I arrived at Wiley Post Airport on Friday (June 15) for the 2007 Air Race Classic. After battling the four day long storms that sat over Oklahoma, all racers luckily arrived.

Our first day here, we passed inspection and visited the 99s Museum of Women Pilots, which includes memorabilia dating all the way back to the first Air Race, then known as the Women's Air Derby, in 1929. The weekend was filled with various activities hosted by the Oklahoma chapter of the 99s.

On Saturday, we toured Bricktown, the entertainment section of Oklahoma City. Local friends showed us the city's jazz culture, and we had a blast. The Takeoff Banquet, Sunday, was a semiformal dinner where all the ladies were introduced. The Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma spoke at the dinner. The 2007 Air Race Classic is an official event of Oklahoma's centennial celebration of statehood.

Tonight is the final night before the race. We are even more excited and anxious as it approaches. We are so happy to participate and represent WMU in an aviation tradition dating back to Amelia Earhart.

--Jennifer Jakubiec

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