Aviation students want to once again finish in the top ten in the women’s Air Race Classic 2024

Two Purdue students, Reyna Dodd and Morgan Mallow, will take to the skies June 18-21, 2024, during the 47th Air Race Classic (ARC), the oldest air race of its kind in the United States. They will be one of more than 100 pilots from around the country and the world who will take part in this year’s race, which will start in Carbondale, Illinois, and end in Loveland, Colorado.

This historic competition has its roots in the 1929 Women’s Air Derby, or Powder Puff Derby, in which Amelia Earhart and 19 other female pilots raced from Santa Monica, California, to Cleveland, Ohio. This competition was the beginning of women’s air racing in the United States.

Today, ARC is the epicenter of women’s air racing, the ultimate test of piloting skills and aviation decision-making for female pilots of all ages and positions.

Last year, Purdue’s ARC team (which also included Mallow as co-pilot) finished in the top 10 overall, in the top percentile based on the overall number of teams. When they return in 2024, Dodd and Mallow will attempt to repeat this success in ARC’s 93rd year.

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