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In The News – Local Female Pilots Gear up for Air Race Classic, aim to inspire youth

June 12, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, 06/12/2024, Written by Zoe Meyer

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sarah Krammen from Truckee and Raj Karwa from Incline, both seasoned pilots, are gearing up to participate in the Air Race Classic (ARC) from June 18-21. The duo, flying under the team name Tahoe Turbulence, will navigate a 2,600-mile route covering nine states, starting from Carbondale, Illinois, and ending in Colorado. The ARC, a storied event in women’s aviation, brings together over 100 female pilots to test their skills and strategy in a competitive yet collaborative environment.

The Air Race Classic has a rich history dating back to the 1920s, with pioneering female aviators like Amelia Earhart and Louise Thaden setting the stage for future generations. The race also emphasizes mentorship, with experienced racers, known as “Mother Birds,” guiding first-time participants like Krammen and Karwa. “They have been giving us so much detail and help along the way, from survival tips to making our airplane perform better,” Karwa said.


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