Austin Female Pilot, Dianna Stanger Competes in the Oldest Air Race

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Dianna Stanger returns to compete in her fourth Air Race Classic, a race which carries on the long tradition of women’s air racing that dates back to 1929.

Dianna won the Air Race Classic Championship title in 2012.

I race to win! The race is the only of its kind and provides the opportunity to explore the uniqueness of the countryside and it's people. Each year is another great experience.

The Racing Aces will soar across the country competing in the 2014 Air Race Classic (ARC) this summer which will be held June 16–19. Racers will zoom through ten intermediate stops in four days enroute from Concord, California to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania in the quest for the fastest time.

The race is an annual all­ female­ pilot air race in which pilots race against their own best speed in the small airplane of their choice. Racers will undergo briefings, flight planning, and fly­-by study prior to take off. There are, however, limitations: the aircraft must be “stock” models (no experimental) and have their handicap speed identified with a check pilot.

The Racing Aces, Dianna Stanger of Austin, Erin Cude of Victoria and Joyce Wilson of Bogota will depart from Victoria Regional Airport on Tuesday, June 10th to the race start.

Dianna manages an airport on the coast, owns a flight school and owns and flies seven aircraft, from helicopters to jets to her grandfather's biplane. This will be her fourth year competing in the race; Dianna won the Championship title in 2012.

Erin is Chief Flight Instructor at a flight school in Victoria, and has been teaching flying for eight years. This will be Erin’s first year to compete.

Joyce is the executive director of the International Defensive Pistol Association, a firearms shooting sport with 22,000 members in the U.S. and 50 foreign countries. This will be her fifth year to compete; Joyce has placed Top Ten three of those years.

The Racing Aces have partnered with Cirrus Aircraft™ to show their commitment to the education of women in aviation. All of the team’s proceeds gained during the 2014 Air Race Classic will be put towards a scholarship for one deserving future female pilot.

The Air Race Classic carries on the long tradition of women’s air racing that dates back to 1929. Air racing became popular in the 1920’s, but women pilots were forbidden to race against the men in that era, so the ladies started their own.

This year’s ARC will have fifty teams and over one hundred female pilots compete for the championship title in the transcontinental air race. Learn more about the race team at

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