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Pilots plod through rain on way to race’s finish

June 23, 2006

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The skies above Lawrence droned with the sound of low-flying planes piloted by women competing in the Air Race Classic on Thursday.

But the free air show wasn't appreciated by everyone.

Thomas Pettus-Czar, a retail worker at Hobbs, 700 Mass., said he was enjoying a drink at The Bourgeois Pig, 6 E. Ninth St., when a plane flew over. He described the sound as "a lawnmower falling onto my head."

Mary Creason, of Grand Haven, Mich., takes cover from the rain after climbing out of her plane at Lawrence Municipal Airport. Thursday's weather slowed down some of the pilots in the Air Race Classic, which had Lawrence as a designated pit stop.

Mary Creason, of Grand Haven, Mich., takes cover from the rain after climbing out of her plane at Lawrence Municipal Airport. Thursday's weather slowed down some of the pilots in the Air Race Classic, which had Lawrence as a designated pit stop.

Pettus-Czar said that at the time he didn't know why the planes were flying so low or why there were so many of them.

"They all look the same to me, so I thought it was the same plane," he said.

Thirty-two teams competing in the race made pit stops in the past two days in Lawrence to refuel and tune up their planes before continuing on to the final two stops in Minnesota and Michigan.

Lloyd Hedrick, owner of Hedrick Air Services, 1930 Airport Road, said that the pit stops have gone smoothly, with no malfunctions or mishaps.

He added that the reason the planes seem so loud is because of their low altitude and high speed.

"We put it to the wall, which means we put it absolutely full-throttle the whole time," Strubeck said.

Five teams, including Strubeck's, stayed in Lawrence Thursday night before flying off to complete the last two legs of the race.

Pilot Fran Strubeck said that flying faster than she normally would was what made the race exciting.

But they didn't all stay by choice.

Strubeck said that unfavorable winds and looming thunderstorms caused her team to call it quits Thursday afternoon.

"Some of the gals got out. But it looked like, in my mind, that they had to thread the needle a little bit," Strubeck said.

She added that today's weather should offer the five teams better winds to carry them through the end of the race.

Comments

staff04 7 years, 10 months ago

Pywacket- I was taking your side. I am a feminist myself, despite lacking certain equipment generally associated with feminism.

I stated it crudely because I didn't think there was any other way to point out what Marion was trying to get at. You see, he makes his days out of trying to pick fights here with anyone who isn't a sheepish conservative like him, so I felt the need to make it as simple as possible.

The way to equality is exactly what you stated. Drop the stereotypes and start paying people what they are worth based on performance. I saw it firsthand in an office in which I was in charge of the budget. Women with the same title and duties (and often more experience) as their male counterparts made 10-15% less. It made me more convinced in my views that we still have a long way to go.

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Pywacket 7 years, 10 months ago

Now, wait, staff04... I consider myself a feminist (if you take feminist to mean equal pay for equal work, advantages equal to the advantages my male counterparts receive, etc.) but I don't know "exactly why there are so many hyphenated names." Please enlighten us. Are you suggesting that the way to equality is to take on a clunky, inordinately long name that has been created by shoving two perfectly good names together?

I'm waiting for all the unfortunate children with the hyphenated names to grow up and marry each other. They should have a grand time trying to fit "Fitzgerald-Schwartz-Popovich-Jones" onto forms, checks, etc.

As for the planes... sorry I missed them. Had I been sitting at the Pig enjoying a drink when they flew over, I'd have offered up a toast to them.

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staff04 7 years, 10 months ago

Marion=Troll

Go look for feminists to bash somewhere else.

You know exactly why there are so many hyphenated names.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

Not strictly on topic but can anyone explain to me the recent proliferation of hyphenated names?

I mean, what is up with that?

Thanks.

Marion.

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BrianR 7 years, 10 months ago

What, did people think we were being invaded by the Eudorans?

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