- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

FREDERICK, S.D. (AP) - Two University of North Dakota graduates are preparing to participate in an all-women’s air race across the country.

Under the name Team Doppler Effect, Courtney Schlosser of Frederick, South Dakota, and Jen Pinkowski of Ashburn, Virginia, will be competing in the 40th annual Air Race Classic beginning on June 21. The race kicks off at 8 a.m. June 21 and all planes must land by 5 p.m. June 24.

This year’s race begins in Prescott, Arizona, and ends in Daytona, Florida, the Aberdeen American News (https://bit.ly/1UO8Ooq) reported. The 130 female pilots participating in the race will make stops or flyovers along the route in New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee and Georgia.

The women in the race range from newbie pilots who are still in high school to experienced pilots who have been flying for several decades.

Schlosser, who started working toward getting her pilot’s license during her senior year of high school, tried multiple times to be on a University of North Dakota official team for the race, but she never got picked. Pinkowski has participated in the race before.

Instead of racing each other, pilots will be racing a handicap set earlier this month. So even if someone finishes in last place, they could still win the race if they beat their handicap by enough.

Schlosser expects to be in the air for about 20 hours.


Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com

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