RESTON, Va., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science and technology company, today announced its sponsorship of the 41st Air Race Classic (ARC), an annual all-woman airplane race taking off on June 20, from Frederick Md., and crossing 14 states to finish in Santa Fe, N.M. This four-day, 2,600-mile event, features more than 100 women pilots, and educates the public and celebrates women's important role in aviation.
Leidos' Flight Service Program is a strong supporter of ARC, and will be on-hand to provide weather and flight planning guidance to the intrepid race participants. Flight Service provides a range of safety-critical services to more than 80,000 members of the general aviation community across the country each week, and has been supporting pilots through air-to-ground radio communications, data link communications, Pilot Web Portal and third-party flight planning applications and websites.
"We are proud to sponsor and support the ARC and all of the inspirational women pilots participating in this year's event," said Fran Hill, Senior Vice President of the Leidos Transportation Solutions group, "These women are true role models, following a rich and historic tradition, and we are honored to be with them in every step of their journey."
The Air Race Classic traces its roots to the 1929 Women's Air Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other daring female pilots raced from Santa Monica, CA, to Cleveland, OH. That contest, aka the Powder Puff Derby, marked the beginning of women's air racing in the United States. Today, the ARC is the epicenter of women's air racing, the ultimate test of aeronautical ability and decision-making for female pilots of all ages and from all walks of life.
Air Race Classic Inc. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a mission of encouraging and educating current and future female pilots, increasing public awareness of general aviation, demonstrating women's roles in aviation, and preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. For more information, go to airraceclassic.org. Follow Air Race Classic on Facebook. On Twitter: @2017ARC
Leidos is a FORTUNE 500® science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended Jan. 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin'sInformation Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.
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