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Senior Star Living Sponsors Pilot in Women’s Race

TAKING FLIGHT: Tulsa native Brooke Rogers competed in the 41st Annual Air Race Classic, an all-women transcontinental airplane race that traces its roots to the 1929 Women’s Air Derby.

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Senior Star Living officially supported the 2017 Air Race Classic, an annual event at the epicenter of women’s air racing. The senior living company sponsored Tulsa native Brooke Rogers, who competed in the race along with her co-pilot Jayden Lancaster. The 2017 Air Race Classic launched from Frederick, Maryland, on June 20 and ended in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on June 23 and included a stop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Pilots ranged in ages from 17 to 90 years old and flew approximately 2,400 miles in length during the race.

Rogers is the daughter of Senior Star COO Anja Rogers. “We are thrilled to have supported Brooke and Jayden in this multigenerational event that celebrates women who are trailblazers in the aviation field,” says Anja Rogers.

Pilots competing in the competition came from a wide variety of backgrounds: including students, teachers, doctors, airline pilots, business owners, professionals and air traffic controllers. Race teams, consisting of at least two women pilots, must fly VFR during daylight hours only and are given four days to make flybys at each en route timing point and then land at the terminus.

“Back in 1929, Amelia Earhart and a couple girls wanted to compete in the National Air Races but were told they could not race because they were female, so they created their own race specifically for females,” explains Brooke Rogers.

Air Race Classic, Inc., is a nonprofit 501©(3) organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation.

“The reason I love this event is because it promotes STEM activities for women,” says Brooke Rogers.  I love what STEM programs do to get females engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. When I used to volunteer for events for young girls, they would often say they can’t do things. I would always reply that girls can do anything.

“I’ve been around aviation my whole life,” continues Rogers. “My father went to Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology, so I have some serious Tulsa aviation blood in my body. My co-pilot is the first in her family to get into aviation. She is a very accomplished woman. She earned all of her instructor’s ratings by the early age of 21.

“For years, ever since I got my pilot certificate at Richard Lloyd Jones Jr Airport in Tulsa, I would receive post cards that had the Air Race route on them and always wanted to compete. I looked forward to meeting all sorts of women spanning generations, including retirees who spent time bumming around airports, which is what I see myself doing in the future.”

“As much as my generation pushes that women can do whatever we want, it didn’t happen for the previous generations and it’s still not happening now.  The experience of being with these women during this event is invaluable to me,” says Rogers.
“I think that everyone no matter what age you are – even if you are 50 and planning to retire at 64 – I don’t think it’s ever too late to change your mind about what you want to do in life. Go do it.”

“I am grateful to Senior Star and American Airlines for their sponsorship of our team and being advocates of diversity and inclusion. The takeoff of this event was amazing. We operated around D.C. security airspace initially and we had to get separate certificates for that reason. Everyone cranked their engines at the same time and we all took off.”

Rogers and Lancaster flew a Cessna 210 which has a handicap speed of 193.482 mph.
For more information about Senior Star visit For more information about the Air Race Classic, visit

About Senior Star
Senior Star is a nationally recognized industry leader for providing quality and innovative services to aging seniors. The portfolio includes 14 senior living communities in six states comprising 2,200 residences. Living options primarily include independent living, assisted living and memory support.

Updated 07-24-2017

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