Women's Air Race Classic coming to Scottsbluff

The Western Nebraska Regional Airport will be part of the 38th annual All Women's Air Race Classic next summer. Airport Manager Darwin Skelton indicated Wednesday the timed 2,200 mile cross country event is scheduled June 16th through the 19th, 2014 and will involve close to 30 two-person teams. The Ninety-Nines, Inc, a women's pilot group, organizes the race.

Valley Airways' Dick Bosn says the race will start in Concord, California near San Francisco and will have timed stops approximately every 200 miles. One of the stops is planned in Scottsbluff, likely June 17th, and possibly be an overnight stop. The single engine production aircraft are handicapped with the power of the planes one of the ways used to do the handicapping.

Skelton also said Wednesday boardings by Great Lakes Aviation continue to shine, with just over 4,000 through May, and another 334 already in June. Counting medical and casino flights the boardings are at 4,538 through June, and that does not count a full casino flight later this month. If this pace continues the airport should have no problem making the necessary 10,000 boardings to receive the maximum one million dollars in annual federal capital construction funding.

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