Several female pilots took off for the skies to kick off the 41st Annual Air Race Classic.
More than 100 pilots in 52 planes took off from Frederick Municipal Airport on Tuesday.
“We have teams from over 30 states in the race plus six countries, so we have folks from all over the place,” said Air Race Classic Start Chair Lin Caywood.
Terry Carbonell and Ellen Herr participated in the race and are from Florida. They go by the name of “Team Wild Mama.”
“For the past few days, we’ve been hosting all the racers here in Frederick. They started arriving on Monday, and Tuesday of last week, so they had a little bit of time to relax, visit the city and enjoy a few sites,” said Caywood.
Terry and Ellen said that’s exactly what they did while visiting.
“We loved it. We rented bicycles from of the local bicycle shops, we went up to Thurmont and saw the covered bridges. [We] went to Harpers Ferry. We rode along the canal in downtown Frederick, and we ate out in downtown Frederick every night,” said Carbonell.
Their next stop is Ohio, which the pilots said is going to take a couple of hours to get to.
“We’re going to Millersburg, Ohio and another airport called Coshocton. The fly-by is in Millersburg, so that’s our first stop. As we head west out of there, it will be very busy, because all of the planes will still be together in a pact; some of us will land and get fuel, and some of us will continue on to the next stop,” added Caywood.
Officials said the pilots will be making eight stops before they get to their final destination in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They added that this is the oldest airplane race of it’s kind in the country.
The racers have four days to reach Santa Fe by June 23.