The 34th annual Air Race Classic, an all-women transcontinental air race, takes off June 22. Celebrating 100 years of licensed women pilots, race teams consist of at least two women pilots and have four days to complete the 2,100+ mile course.
Participating in the race to raise money for the Wings of Hope Medical Relief and Air Transport Program, USA (MAT) are pilots Beverly Cleair and Teresa Camp, flying in a 1953 plane donated to Wings of Hope by iconic entertainer Roy Clark.
Wings of Hope has operations in more than 40 countries and much of the United States with the MAT Program. The MAT was established to serve Americans primarily in the midwestern states, who have limited insurance coverage or the inability to navigate the complex rules of Medicaid. Wings of Hope will locate the advanced treatment and transport these patients, usually children with severe birth defects or rare diseases, need, then get them to the treatment in its fully equipped air ambulances to the best specialty care for as long as it takes to affect a cure.
Roy Clark, well known for hosting the nationally televised country variety show Hee Haw, is a member of Wings of Hope, the Grand Ole Opry and The Country Music Hall of Fame. He has been a pilot for more than 50 years. Beverly Cleair and Teresa Camp are MAT Pilots for Wings of Hope.
For more information: Wings-Of-Hope.org.