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Ohio State Air Race Classic Team

2018 Air Race Classic Route2018 Air Race Classic Route (photo by ARC)In June 2018 a group of students from the Ohio State Women in Aviation student organization will compete in the Air Race Classic an all-women's air race across the country. The 2018 race route will begin in Sweetwater, TX and follow a circuitous path to Fryeburg, ME. 

The contestants are given four days, flying VFR in daylight hours, to reach the terminus. Each airplane is assigned a handicap speed – and the goal is to have the actual ground speed be as far over the handicap speed as possible. The pilots are thus given the leeway to “play the elements”. Holding out for better weather, winds, etc., the objective is to fly the "perfect" cross-country. 

For more information visit the Air Race Classic website.

2018 Race Schedule

June 16 - Team Departs KOSU 

June 19 - Race Starts in Texas 

June 21 - Race Stopover in Newark, OH

June 22 - Race Ends in Maine

June 24 - Team Returns to KOSU



2017 Air Race Classic Team2017 Air Race Classic TeamWomen's air racing started in 1929 with the Women's Air Derby. Twenty pilots raced from Santa Monica, CA to Cleveland, OH, site of the National Air Races.  The Air Race Classic follows a different route every year. This year, the race extends from Texas to Maine. The race route is chosen to present challenges to the Racers, provide a variety of learning opportunities, and yet be within the endurance range of the slowest airplanes. Racers will experience changes in terrain, weather, winds, and airspace as they fly 2,600+ miles.


In order to compete in the Air Race Classic the Lady Buckeyes need to fundraise approximately $10,000 to cover their travel costs for the week.  Suggested levels of sponsorship are listed below, however donations of any amount will be very much appreciated. Donations can be made through the websites listed at right.

Dawn Seymour Level - $250

  • Special mention in social media posts throughout the trip
  • Celebratory dinner with the team after the race to see photos and hear an account of the adventure

Geraldine “Gerry” Mock Level - $500

  • Items in previous sponsorship level
  • Logo on back of team T-shirt, plus two complimentary Lady Buckeye Team T-shirts

Wally Funk Level - $1000

  • Items in previous sponsorship levels
  • Company logo on side of the airplane
  • Photobook documenting the trip

Amelia Earhart Level - $2000

  • Items in previous sponsorship levels
  • Personalized framed wall décor

Contact Information

You can contact the 2018 Lady Buckeye's Team: Yasmine Abu-Arab, Rebecca Vilcheck, Aly Bond, or Josie Cotugno at


The Lady Buckeyes' advisor, Dr. Shannon Morrison