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Local pilots to compete in women's cross-country race

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Three female aviators from central Pennsylvania are preparing for quite a flight.

Fifty-year-old Susan Adams of York, 25-year-old Kelly Miller of Leola and 63-year-old Carol Church of New Cumberland will take part in the Women's Air Race Classic, a cross-country flight that is only for female pilots.

The trio is part of a rare breed. Only six percent of pilots are women.

"It's just awesome to be up there by yourself on a beautiful day and you get to see the scenery," Adams said.

This year, the race has a local twist. It starts Monday, June 13 in Concord, California and ends four days later at the Capital City Airport in Fairview Township, York County.

The course is 2,300 nautical miles.

"I'm really looking forward to the race," Miller said. "I will spend time with awesome women and I will get to see the country like you've never seen it before."

The ladies are known as Team Cargill. They will pilot a single engine Diamond DA40.

Fifty teams are in it to win it.

"It's a very sleek airplane," Church said. "It's really fast for its horsepower and I'm hoping we can do fairly well."

For more information about the race, go to www.airraceclassic.org.

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