It's Monday morning and we are ready to take the green flag in the 80th annual Air Race Classic! The first leg of the race is to Liberal, Kansas, a distance of 238 nautical miles. We all stand around our planes in excited anticipation of starting the race. Many of the pilots take the time to do some last minute detailing of their aircraft, just waiting for the timers to tell them to start their engines.
And then it is time. We are parked at Signature, one of the 3 FBO's on the field. With our number of 32, we get to see the first wave take-off before getting into out planes. We are using runway 10. Wind are light and variable. Even at 8:30 in the morning the density altitude is almost 8000 feet. We are cleared for takeoff. We do a rolling takeoff, having set our mixture properly during the runup. Even so, we easily used about 3000 feet before lifting off.
On to Liberal!