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Dozens of female pilots land in Scottsbluff as part of cross-country race

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Women from across the country are following a tradition started by Amelia Earhart back in the 1920's.
 
The Air Race Classic is a cross country airplane race that starts in California and will end in Pennsylvania.

Western Nebraska Regional Airport in Scottsbluff is the fifth of ten stops where the women pilots are landing. Sherry Fisher is the Scottsbluff stop Chairwoman, and she says this race is all about encouraging and education female pilots.
 
"The guys always had the man-hold on everything," explains Fisher. "So us girls want to kind of prove ourselves, and we like to get women into aviation."
 
The first pilot to land Tuesday evening  was Tracy Lovness from Stillwater, Minnesota, and says this cross-country race is always a great experience.
 
"It's very exciting," says Lovness. "I'm a pilot- she's a pilot. Everybody comes from different backgrounds. The first time I flew the race, I actually met my first Pulitzer Prize writer, and she was also flying in the race; so you meet doctors, lawyers, and a lot of general aviation people just like myself."
 
Pilots will continue flying east and make stops in Illinois and Ohio before finishing the race in Pennsylvania on Thursday.
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