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Lee's Summit Takes Flight

Lee's Summit Takes Flight

The pistons will be firing as more than 100 female pilots from around the world descend on Lee’s Summit as part of the 43rd annual Air Race Classic. The Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport is one of the stops on the race, which begins in Jackson, Tennessee on June 18 and ends in Welland, Ontario on June 21. Over the span of four days, the female pilots will travel 2,538 miles.

“The racers vary from college aviation teams to women who are in their 80s. It’s a great opportunity for them to experience Lee’s Summit and recognize this airport as a gateway to the Kansas City area in the future,” said Airport Manager John Ohrazda.

Missouri and Kansas both have pilots competing in this year’s Air Race Classic, including Jeanne Willerth of Lee’s Summit. The racers have a wide range of backgrounds. Countries represented include the United States, Canada, Britain, Fiji, France, Indonesia, Norway and South Korea.

The Air Race Classic is unique in that all pilots are competing against themselves rather than other planes. Teams are given a handicap before the race, depending on the type of aircraft, to level the playing field. The team that beats its handicap by the widest margin wins the race. To mark the time, racers will fly over a timing line at each stop and can either land or keep moving along the race route.

“Wednesday will probably be the busiest day. Weather permitting, we will have approximately 40 aircraft that will be passing through the airport that day,” Ohrazda said. “Visitors are welcome to show up at the airport and watch the racers come in and take back off.”

Once the Air Race Classic passes through Lee’s Summit, there’s no time to rest. Instead of congratulating each other on a job well done, airport staff will jump straight into preparing for the Airport Open House on June 22. The free annual event provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy everything the airport has to offer. There will be activities for kids, food vendors, informational booths and a flight demonstration by the KC Flight Formation Team.

“My favorite part is getting to meet the citizens who come out and are in awe that this is their first time at the airport. They didn’t know it was out here,” Ohrazda said. “The event grows every year and it’s always a lot of fun.”

This is the fifth year for the Airport Open House. It begins at 9 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. on June 22. Parking is available on the east side of the airport near the intersection of Northeast Leinweber Road and Northeast Hagen Road.   

Both the Air Race Classic and Airport Open House are incredible events that show off what a tremendous asset the Lee’s Summit Municipal Airport is for the community. Let’s hope for bright skies, big crowds and a whole lot of fun!

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