Women's Air Race Classic

Venango Regional Airport is one of nine airports across the country to host the women’s 32nd Annual Air Race Classic (ARC). The racers will begin in Bozeman, Montana, on June 24 and end in Mansfield, Massachusetts, on June 27. This is the first year in the 31 years of the ARC that Venango Regional has been on the route.

O. C. Bell, Airport Manager, is the Stop Chair; Tom Brennan, Owner of Tom’s Aircraft Services and KB Aviation Flight School, will be the Head Timer.

The racers will land at airports along the way for fuel, food, and such. O. C. Bell stated, “Venango Regional anticipates 33 airplanes, and the first may make it here by Tuesday evening. The race ends Friday, so the last day we will probably see any racers will be Friday morning.” Although exact stopping times for the planes are unknown, aviation enthusiasts and other local residents interested in having an opportunity to greet and cheer-on the pilots are encouraged to stop at the airport whenever convenient.

Seventy-two women pilots of all ages will be participating in this event. They come from all across the United States and Canada and from all walks of life, including a 90-year-old woman from Phoenix, AZ, who has participated in 24 of these races. In addition to an Air Race Classic Award, cash awards for pilot and co-pilot range from $350 for tenth place to $5,000 for first place.

Air Race Classic, Inc., headquartered in Alva, Florida, is directed by an all-woman volunteer board of directors and many volunteers who devote countless hours to sponsoring and planning these annual races. More information about this event and Air Race Classic, Inc. can be found at Air Race Classic.

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