OREANDA-NEWS. Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced today that its Information Systems & Global Solutions’ Flight Services Program is a major sponsor of the 40th Air Race Classic (ARC), the annual all-woman cross-country airplane race taking off on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. The mission of the race, a four-day, 2,700-mile event featuring 130 women pilots, is to encourage and educate current and future female pilots, increase public awareness of general aviation and demonstrate women's roles in aviation.

“Lockheed Martin has been a longtime champion of women in aviation. In fact, Amelia Earhart flew a single-engine Lockheed Vega to achieve her solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic in 1932, a first for a woman, and the plane allowed her to set a series of women’s speed and distance aviation records,” said Andy Hartman, program manager, Lockheed Martin Automated Flight Service Station contract.  

“Today, our Flight Services Program team provides a range of services to more than 80,000 members of the general aviation community across the country each week—many of whom are female pilots. We welcome the opportunity to support an event that promotes the tradition of pioneering women in aviation,” Hartman continued.

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