This blog is about racing in the 2016 Air Race Classic, an all-women transcontinental air race that has roots back to 1929 when Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes and several other women pilots started the very first all-women air race.
Our team is #71, thus, the Blackbirds, after the Lockheed long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft. We chose this number for several reasons. Since the team makes up three-quarters of the executive board of the Air Race Classic, we wanted to be the last one to leave the Start, just in case an issue came up that needed us. We also wanted a number that would fit easily on the cowling, the outer cover of the engine. All planes will have the team number placed in the same location for easy spotting by the timers on the ground. More on all this in later posts! With the chosen team number, it was a natural choice to have "Blackbirds" as the team name. And, as we go screaming (the engine, not the team!) across a timing line, the timers can say, "Bye Bye, Blackbirds!"
Thank you for joining us on our journey to the Start and, hopefully, to the Terminus. Please feel free to add comments or email us. We hope you enjoy our travels.