The University of Central Missouri’s Max B. Swisher Skyhaven Airport will play host to women aviators from across the country next week.

The 2016 Air Race Classic will take place June 21-24, and one of the seven designated stops for the teams, will be at Skyhaven Airport in Warrensburg.

More than 115 aviators in 47 aircraft will be landing at the airport to refuel and continue the race or spend the night in the Warrensburg area before continuing the next day. The race covers approximately 2,300 statute miles.

The objective is to fly the “perfect” cross country race, with teams developing their own strategies for dealing with factors such as weather, and wind.

The race will start June 21st in Prescott, Arizona and will wrap-up June 24th in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The UCM Department of Aviation and Skyhaven personnel, as well as UCM aviation students and volunteers, will be on hand to provide refueling, information about the area, and transportation for aviators who wish to spend the night in the area, before continuing the next day.

The Air Race Classic began in 1928 as the Women’s Air Derby.

For more information about the event, contact the UCM Aviation Department at 660-543-4969. or visit


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