Westside : Legacy of Amelia Earhart Endures in Women’s Air Race

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The spirit of Amelia Earhart lives.

On Aug. 4, a group of about 50 female pilots will be flying out of Santa Monica Airport--the starting point for an air race to Bend, Ore. The 26th annual Palms to Pines race is sponsored by the Ninety-Nines, an international women’s flying club.

The first elected president of the club, which began in 1929, was Earhart herself.

The aviators association will be flying “stock model” planes with 100- to 600-horsepower engines. The trip to Oregon should take the women two days, with an overnight layover in Redding.

The pilots will fly only during the day and in good weather--perhaps to avoid mysterious disappearances.