Alaska Seeks to Build Support for Airship Race

An effort is underway in Alaska to drum up excitement and support for a planned round-the-world airship race.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- An effort is underway in Alaska to drum up excitement and support for a planned round-the-world airship race.

The World Sky Race is billed as "an historic competition of lighter-than-air skyships" that will race over 30,000 miles.

The race would pass over either Alaska or Hawaii. Don Hartsell, commissioner of the World Air League, says he expects a decision on which state it will be in the next 90 days.

He says the race is scheduled to begin in September 2015, and would pass over Alaska or Hawaii in February or March of 2016.

Organizers want to know the enthusiasm for the race is high in whichever site they settle on. He says talks are occurring with officials in both states.

An organizing committee has been formed in Alaska.
 

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