Air Race Classic Flying Into Fairmont Airport

June 17, 2019

FAIRMONT — The skies over southern Minnesota will be buzzing next week as participants in the 43rd annual Air Race Classic fly more than 2,500 miles in a dash from Tennessee to Ontario, connecting with Fairmont and eight other airports along the way.

The teams on 49 planes, all piloted by women, will depart at 30-second intervals, starting at 8 a.m. Tuesday, from a Jackson, Tenn., airport. The planes must make a stop or execute a high-speed low pass across a timing line at airports in LaGrange, Ga.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Bryant, Ark.; Lee’s Summit, Mo.; Fairmont; Wausau, Wis.; Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario; North Bay, Ontario; Brantford, Ontario; and the final destination of Welland, Ontario. The deadline to arrive in Welland is 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, and pilots are allowed to fly only from 6:30 a.m. to sundown.

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