It was an exciting evening that commenced with recognition and appreciation to all of our ARC sponsors who make an event of this magnitude possible by their support and generosity. An introduction of all the air racing teams was made where we all received our certificates and plaques of participation which essentially is our "induction" into the exclusive sorority of 'female air racers;' I feel HONORED!!! :-) A scrumptuous dinner was served followed by a slide presentation of this year's adventure, remembering our female Hall of Heroes: those ladies who have flown in 25 or more air races. Then came the part of the program that all the racers were eagerly anticipating.
But, just as significant was the fact that , we represented well as the 1st ever
all-African-American team to compete, and many, many of our fellow racers were
happy and thrilled to see that part of history being made.
So, we'll come back strong next year with better strategy in aircraft loading and center of gravity considerations, "flying the winds" more precisely, and doing all that's necessary to eliminate as much drag on the aircraft. Next year, we WILL fly a better air race!!!
The best part, though, was reaching out to so many African-American girls and
women who never met a black female pilot and who knew nothing about our team namesake, the historic Bessie Coleman. We raced to keep her legacy alive!!!
Good nite, Bessie Bloggers!!! Early morning wheels up to Topeka. Thank you all for your love and support! Many Blessings!!!...Joyce and Athina