An Impressive Group of Flyers Raced Their Hearts Out
The AIR RACE CLASSIC, Inc. has
announced the winners of the 2003 all-woman crosscountry speed
race, the twenty-seventh annual AIR RACE CLASSIC. The first air
race for women, the Women`s Air Derby, ended in Cleveland Ohio in
1929 with Pilot Amelia Earhart (you may have heard of her
before...) finishing third.
The AIR RACE CLASSIC winners for 2003 are ARC#13, pilot Elaine
C. Roehrig of Deerfield (NY) and co-pilot Marolyn P. Wilson of
Whitesboro (NY). Elaine and Marolyn flew a Piper PA28-140 aircraft.
Elaine has logged over 14,000 hours in her fifty-eight years of
flying and served as Chief Instructor/Manager at Griffis Aero Club
Flight Training Center for thirty one years. Marolyn has 510 hours.
This team is flew their fourteenth AIR RACE CLASSIC and are members
of the Central New York Ninety-Nines.
In second place were ARC#16, Margaret Ringenberg of Leo (OH),
and Linda Schumm of Makinaw (IL), flying a Cessna 182S. Margaret
served as a WASP (Womens Air Service Pilot) during World War II,
raced around the world in 1994, earned a chapter in Tom Brokaw's
book, The Greatest Generation, has address the Air Force
Academy, flown the space shuttle simulator successfully and has
logged over 40,000 hours in her sixty-plus years of flying. Copilot
Linda is a regional manager for Cessna Pilot Centers and co-owner
of Legacy Aviation, Inc.
Third place winners were ARC#7, Denise Waters, of New York
city, and Ruth Maestre of Brookville (OH), flying a Grumman AA5B.
Denise and Ruth have flown the London to Sydney Air Race and are
active experimental aircraft builders.
In fourth place were ARC#11, Judith Bolkema-Tokar of Spruce
Creek Fly-In (FL), and Esther Lowry of Gainesville (GA), flying a
Cessna 182S. Judy is President and Esther is Vice President of the
AIR RACE CLASSIC. Esther was one of the founders of the AIR RACE
CLASSIC and has been on the board of directors since 1977.
Fifth place was won by ARC#10, Candace Oldham of East Hanover
(NJ), and Susan Westervelt of Nutley (NJ), flying a Mooney M20J.
This team was flying their second AIR RACE CLASSIC. Candie is an
instrument flight instructor with 1500 hours and Susan is
instrument rated with 650 hours.
ARC#3, Sophie Payton of
Clearwater (FL) and Ernesteen Hunt of Oak Ridge (TN) placed sixth
flying a Cessna 182S. Sophie learned to fly before she learned to
drive and has been flying for fifty-nine years. Ernestine is flying
her fifth CLASSIC and has 970 hours of flight time logged.
In seventh place was ARC#4, Bonnie Johnson of Valley Center (KS)
and Carol Foy of Spicewood (TX), flying a Cessna172P. Bonnie is
instrument-rated, with 675 hours. Carol holds multi-engine,
instrument and glider ratings, and has flown over 2100 hours.
Eighth place was shared by ARC#28 and ARC#6. After eight legs
and with the calculations extended to three decimals, the eighth
and ninth place awards were shared by these two teams.
ARC#28 was Dee Wakelin of Albany, New Zealand and Lynn Denise
Holland of Malacca, Malaysia flying a Citabria Adventura 7GCAA. Dee
has 2000 hours and is a ferry pilot who delivers planes to Fiji.
Lynn, jet-rated, has worked for Malaysian Airlines and Asia Pacific
ARC#6 was Dottie Anderson of Bluffton, OH and Jean Sloan of Lima
(OH), flying a Piper PA28-180. Dottie has over fifty-four flying
years and 40,000 hours. Jean has flown twenty ARCs and has 950
Tenth place was won by
ARC#12, Keri T. Wiznerowicz of Richmond (IL) and Heidi D. Moore of
Columbus (IN), flying a Piper PA28-161 (right). Keri and Heidi are
students at Purdue University, studying Aviation Flight Technology.
This team represented Purdue University and received the AIR RACE
CLASSIC Collegiate Challenge Trophy for their school.
On June 21, 2003, the AIR RACE CLASSIC entries started the race
in Pratt (KS) and flew a cross-country course to terminate the race
at Kitty Hawk (NC). Flying over mountains and plains, the racers
this year flew timing lines at Pratt; Grand Island (NE); Albert Lea
(MN); Menominee (MI); Peru (IL); Dayton (OH); Altoona (PA);
Danville (VA) and a final timing fly-by at First Flight Airport at
the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kitty Hawk, where Wilbur and
Orville Wright first flew 100 years ago. The race aircraft were
landed at Dare County Airport, Manteo (NC), for final inspection.
The race course crossed twelve states and was over 2000 miles in
Each plane was handicapped based primarily on horsepower and
design. The winners were determined by how well the planes exceeded
their handicaps in ground speed (kph). Altitude, wind, pilot skill,
weather and aircraft condition are among the factors that
influenced the final score. The 2004 Air Race Classic will start
and finish in Wichita (KS).