What is the Air Race Classic?
Since 1929, the Air Race Classic has been the epicenter of women's air racing. Pilots range in age from 17 to 90 years old and come from a wide variety of backgrounds including students, teachers, doctors, airline pilots, business owners, professionals and air traffic controllers. Race teams, consisting of at least two women pilots, must fly VFR during daylight hours only and are given four days to make flybys at each en route timing point and then land at the terminus. The race route which changes each year is approximately 2,400 statute miles in length, with 8 or 9 timing points.
Auburn University is one of 15 universities or colleges competing in the 2019 ARC. Along with the chance to win the Air Race Classic overall, the highest-scoring collegiate team has the chance to have their names engraved on the coveted Collegiate Challenge Trophy. Our War Eagle Women team placed third collegiately last year and ninth overall (out of 77 teams).
In the News
Good Afternoon Arkansas
After the first two legs of the Air Race Classic were canceled, our team made it to the 3rd stop in Arkansas. They joined ABC 7 - Little Rock to talk about the journey so far!
Today in Alabama
The War Eagle Women Orange Team is participating in the Air Race Classic because generous members of the Auburn Family raised over $12,000 on Tiger Giving Day. Ahead of the annual crowdfunding event, the team was featured on Today in Alabama.
Aviation at Auburn University
Auburn University has been actively involved in aviation education for more than 75 years. Its central location is well connected to a hub of world-class aviation headquarters and organizations in the Southeast. The Auburn Department of Aviation takes a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to aviation education and research. A strong sense of community and passion is evident among our 4,000-plus aviation alumni who are well-known for their positive contributions in all fields of the aviation industry.