Two Purdue students to compete in women’s air race

(WLFI Photo, file)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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