Local Officer Competes in Oldest Air Race

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Local small aircraft pilot and First Officer Juliet Lindrooth will soar across the country as she competes in the 2014 Air Race Classic (ARC) this summer, which begins June 16th in Concord, California and spans over 2,338 nautical miles.

Air race competitor Juliet Lindrooth

I can't imagine a summer without the Air Race Classic as part of my experience.

Local small aircraft pilot and First Officer, Juliet Lindrooth will soar across the country as she competes in the 2014 Air Race Classic (ARC) this summer, which begins June 16th in Concord, California and spans over 2,338 nautical miles.

Racers will undergo briefings, flight planning, and fly­-by study prior to take off. The race is an annual all­ female­ pilot air race in which pilots race against their own best speed in the plane of their choice. There are, however, limitations: the aircraft must be “stock” small aircraft and have their handicap speed identified with a check­ pilot. They will zoom through ten intermediate stops in four days enroute to New Cumberland, Pennsylvania in the quest for the fastest time.

This is the second Air Race Classic for Juliet Lindrooth, an airline transport pilot; she has logged over twelve thousand hours. Juliet has been flying since she was 15 and soloed on her 16th birthday. She currently flies for American Airlines.

The ARC 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. “Now that I have completed one Air Race Classic, it has become a part of my pilot soul. I can't imagine a summer without the Air Race Classic as part of my experience. I love talking about it at work, and all the men I work with wish they could fly the race, too. It's the most fun I've had in the air,” said Juliet.

Follow the ARC teams at http://www.airraceclassic.org or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AirRaceClassic.

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