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Women’s Air Race Classic

May 23, 2013

What a fun shoot!  It’s the kind of shoot many photographers dream about!  With two amazing women, great hair and makeup, and a Stearman! These images were taken in the style of Amelia Earhart for promotional material for the Air Race Classic (ARC).  ARC is a non-profit organization with a race route of approximately 2,400 statute miles in length.  The contestants are given four days to complete the race.  For more information on the race, click here.

Tanya Gatlin and Daily Davies are two local contestants who will be competing in the race this June.  With the support from the Department of Aviation and Aerospace Science of Metropolitan State University of Denver, they are excited to be a part of this amazing event.

I am so excited to follow their race in June!

Their bios are located at the end of this blog.  Please join us June 18-21 in support of these to inspiring women!

Good luck Tanya and Daily!!!

Hair and makeup done by Nightlight Digital.


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At the end, the girls decided to have a little fun… 🙂


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Tanya Gatlin is an assistant professor in the Aviation and Aerospace Science Department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is the head coach of the precision flight team which competes in the NIFA (National Intercollegiate Flying Association) organization against more than 80 other university aviation programs across the nation. Metro’s flight team won the coveted Loening trophy for the 2010-2011 season, which is a trophy awarded to the nations best aviation program and flight team.

Tanya is also a flight instructor, providing top quality flight instruction for private, instrument and commercial students and multi-engine students. She does some part time corporate flying from time to time. She is the faculty advisor for the Metro State Women in Aviation student chapter as well as the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space student chapter.

Tanya is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for Spaceport Colorado and serves with Colorado Space Business Roundtable. Tanya is also the Deputy Commander for the Parker Cadet Squadron in Civil Air Patrol. Tanya holds a commercial pilot certificate with multiengine and instrument ratings. She also holds a flight instructor certificate with an instrument and multi-engine rating.

Tanya Gatlin obtained her private pilot certificate at 17 years of age and since then, she has acquired a tail wheel endorsement, aerobatic experience in multiple aerobatic airplanes and served as a first officer on the ERJ -145 regional jet. With a passion for both aviation and aerospace, and an interest to see these career fields blended even moreso, Tanya Gatlin holds a masters degree in physics and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in aviation and aerospace sciences.



Daily Davies is an 18 year old female pilot who has just completed her first year of studies here at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She is majoring in aviation technology with an emphasis on professional pilot. Daily plans to graduate in three years by taking extra credits each semester and enrolling in summer classes. She started flying in August of 2012 and expects to complete her instrument rating before June of 2013. She aspires and has dreams of becoming a commercial pilot for a part 121 airline, flying the international routes. Daily was recently hired by Flights, Inc., which is located at Centennial Airport, as a dispatcher. After completing her Certified Flight Instructor certificate, she eventually plans to instruct other eager students.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mona Lisa permalink
    May 28, 2013 12:13 am

    Sarah I love the colors in the pictures! They are so bright and vivid!!! You captured the beauty of the ladies!!! I like these a lot!

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