A unique 2,100-mile air race will make a brief stopover in Mountain Home this Tuesday, June 18. Mountain Home will be the first of nine stops during the 37th annual Air Race Classic—the longest-running transcontinental air race featuring female pilots.
The race takes off from Pasco, Wash., and is expected to finish Friday, June 21, in Fayetteville, Ark. The pilots are expected to land at the Mountain Home airport at approximately 9 a.m. and take off again at 2 p.m.
Women's air racing debuted in 1929 and continued through the 1930s and the post-World War II years as the so-called Powder Puff Derby, but most transcontinental races ended in 1977. That's when the Air Race Classic took off to continue the tradition.
The Mountain Home News reports that race teams featuring at least two women pilots navigate the route using visual flight rules during daylight hours only. Each team has four days to make flybys at each of the nine stops, before they finish the competition in Arkansas.