On June 26, Ada Air Expo will showcase Oklahoma’s first Aerobatic Air Race by hosting the Aerobatic Racing Challenge Series™ (ARC Series).
The event will feature Aerobatic Race pilots Julia Wood and Kate Kyer in an exclusive ARC Series™ racing duel as they compete for the 2010 Blue Sky Challenge Cup Trophy.
The Ada Air Expo takes place June 25 and 26, at Ada Municipal Airport. Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday, and the action begins at 5 p.m. A special twilight performance will take place Friday night at 8:20 p.m. Gates open Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Visit www.adaairexpo.com for complete details.
Highlighting the event’s tribute to Women in Aviation, Wood will be flying her Russian Sukhoi monoplane against Kyer’s Classic Pitts biplane in a high-performance fight to determine if Soviet fighter technology can triumph over United States engineering by defeating the American-built Pitts Special.
The International Federation of Aerobatic Racing (IFAR), responsible for organizing, promoting, and sanctioning ARC Series™ brand racing, is proud to highlight such talented women in this growing Aerobatic Race series.
Wood and Kyer are consummate aviation professionals that are not just race pilots but role models as well.
ARC Series™ racing challenges all of their race pilots to strategically fly a sequence of 10 maneuvers that will exploit the weaknesses of their opponent’s aircraft while maximizing the pilot’s own plane’s advantages and flight characteristics. Positioning their aircrafts side-by-side as they battle for the lead, pilots must fly faster, corner harder, push the limits and pull more G-forces than their rivals.
The first aircraft to complete the entire sequence wins the race.
Pilots make split second decisions to chase down competitors in a three-dimensional racing environment, typically resulting in close “come–from-behind” finishes.
For more information plus race video and images, visit www.acroracing.org.