H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport (KCQF), 99s Emerald Angels of the Gulf Coast Chapter, and Continental Motors Group will welcome the all-women Air Race Classic to Fairhope, Alabama, June 24-27, for the annual transcontinental race. There are 54 teams with 118 female pilots registered to compete for this year’s championship.
The H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport will be the final stop and finishing line of the 2015 Air Race Classic (ARC), which begins in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and spans 2,199 nautical miles.
The Air Race Classic race will begin on Monday, June 22, at 8 a.m. with airplanes departing every 30 seconds. There are eight predetermined stops as the pilots make their way towards Fairhope, Alabama.
The goal is to fly faster than the calculated handicapped speed. To achieve this, racers undergo months of briefings, flight planning, and a fly by study in preparation for the race.
Once at the terminus airport, scores are determined by a panel of judges and timers, and the winner is announced at a private gala Awards Banquet.
There are several race events that the public is invited to participate in. The community is encouraged to come out to the airport Thursday, June 25, to watch and welcome the racers as they arrive at the Fairhope airport. You can also follow the race teams at airraceclassic.org
Continental Motors Services is hosting the traditional “hangar” party at the close of the race Thursday, June 25 from 6-9 pm at the airport. Please join the racers for this celebratory dinner and dancing including barbeque and the fixings’ provided by Georgia Roussos, wine/beer and live entertainment provided by the well-known band Mid-Life Crisis LA. Beautiful Junk Art by Erin Romero is also a sponsor of the event.
Tickets to the hangar party are on sale through June 1 for $35 and can be purchased at Page and Palette Independent Bookstore located in downtown Fairhope (251-928-5295) or at Continental Motors Services, located at H.L. “Sonny” Callahan Airport in Fairhope (251-990-5080). A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Aviation Adventures, Inc., an organization that provides underprivileged girls the opportunity to explore aviation.
Lastly, Young Eagle Flights will be given at the airport on Saturday, June 27, from 9 am-4 pm. The first 100 boys and girls ages 8-17 will have a free ride in an airplane.