# Birds of a Feather

Pro Problems > Math > Algebra > Equations > Word Problems > Linear > Rate and Time## Birds of a Feather

Three birds are named Billie, Millie, and Willie. Billie flies twice as fast as Millie, who flies a third as fast as Willie. If Billie and Millie have a race, and Willie arrives at the finish when Billie has 12 miles more to travel, what was the race distance?

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