This actually happened on Saturday, Aug 17, but I thought I'd share it anyway.
From the News Dispatch.com: Air race pilots will visit MC airport
MICIGAN CITY — Janice Welsh and Margaret Wint, two pilots who
participated in the annual, all-female Air Race Classic (ARC), will be
at the Michigan City Airport on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. to speak
about their experiences participating in the June 2012 race.
ARC is part of a national tradition that began back in 1929 with the
First Women's Air Derby, which involved 20 women pilots, who raced from
Santa Monica, Calif. to Cleveland, Ohio.
"Historically, the women
were originally racing with the men, but began winning and... were
banned, so the women had no choice but to initiate their own race,"
Welsh said. "Amelia Earhart, Louise Thaden and Phoebe Omalie were some
of the earliest of the female racers."
Female racing continued
through the 1930s and beyond with the All Women's Transcontinental Air
Race (AWTAR), which was eventually discontinued in 1977, when the
tradition was taken up by the ARC.
Welsh, who is from La Porte, and Wint, who is from Grand
Rapids, Mich., both belong to Ninety-Nines, Inc., an International
Organization of Women Pilots, and they met through the organization's
local Indiana Dunes chapter.
When they are not flying, Welsh is
an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay and a speech-language
pathologist, and Wint helps manage the local airport in Ionia, Mich.
said she learned to fly at the Porter County Airport in Valparaiso with
her husband because they "wanted to be able to get to Pennsylvania to
visit family quicker than driving."
As the first race for both pilots, Welsh said it tested their skills as pilots and their ability to fly as a team.
have flown for 20 years with my husband and we always determine before
each trip, who is PIC, pilot in command, and who runs the radios,
navigates, etc.," Welsh said. "Early on, I became responsible for
getting a daily weather briefing and mapping our route each day. Maybe
85 percent of the teams used iPads for their navigating. We used all
paper maps. Margaret was designated PIC, but there were times when it
would take two of us to get the plane down to the 200 feet off the deck
for the flyby, because at full-throttle, the plane is going at a very
fast speed, [and] ...we had to watch that we didn't red-line the
The ARC changes its route every year. In 2012, the
race was 2,600 miles long and started in Lake Havasu, Ariz. and included
flybys in New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin
and Michigan, before ending in Batavia, Ohio.
Unlike most races, the winner of the ARC is not always the
first to cross the finish line; rather, pilots are given a handicapped
speed, and their goal is to have their flying speed exceed the actual
ground speed by as much as possible.
Welsh and Wint finished in second to last place, but Welsh was upbeat about the outcome.
"They always say if you finish this race, you are a winner; so we were happy to be finishers," Welsh said.
Saturday, Welsh and Wint will talk more about their experiences in the
race, share photos and tell how they prepared for it. Hopefully, Welsh
said, they will encourage other young women to consider the challenge of
becoming a pilot.
To learn more about the history of the ARC, visit www.airraceclassic.org