Two Purdue students to compete in women’s air race

Pilot Rachel Borsa (left) and co-pilot Haley Myers will fly almost 2,700 miles in a small plane as competitors in the 2014 Air Race Classic, which runs from California to Pennsylvania on June 16-19. (Photo Provided/Purdue University-Mark Simons)
Pilot Rachel Borsa (left) and co-pilot Haley Myers will fly almost 2,700 miles in a small plane as competitors in the 2014 Air Race Classic, which runs from California to Pennsylvania on June 16-19. (Photo Provided/Purdue University-Mark Simons)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Two Purdue University students are preparing for a four-day cross-country air race that’s only for women.

Seniors Rachel Borsa of Erie, Pennsylvania, and Haley Myers of North Branford, Connecticut, were scheduled to set out Monday morning from the Purdue University Airport in the women-only Air Race Classic.

Borsa was Purdue’s co-pilot in last year’s event and will serve as pilot this year. Myers led the ground crew last year and is Borsa’s co-pilot this year.

A ground crew will monitor weather conditions and help guide the team.

The 2,700-mile Air Race Classic begins in Concord, California, and ends in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania.

The event began in 1929 and traces its origins to women’s-only races started by Amelia Earhart and other female pilots who were banned from competing against men.

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