Purdue's flight program is preparing to race in this year's Air Race Classic

The women's only air race derby is bringing out 52 teams from across the nation this year.

Posted: Jun 14, 2019 2:36 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Two Purdue student pilots are heading to Tennessee to participate in a four-day air derby race.

They're competing with 52 other teams across the nation in this year's Air Race Classic.

It's an all women's competition challenging how fast the pilots can fly from one stop to the next. They'll begin in Tennessee then stop through Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Michigan and end in Canada.

The Air Derby race is 90 years old this year. Purdue has been participating for the last 25 years.

Purdue Student-Pilot Tiffany Imhoff said she's excited to be a part of this flying legacy.

“There are only 6% in the whole industry that is women pilots so it's fun to just be a role model and meet kids and inspire people to be like, hey this is a viable career option,” said Imhoff.

Imhoff said win or lose, this race is a great experience for aspiring pilots.

“Our team has done so much work,” said Imhoff. “It's just fun to fly and be able to share the experience with everyone else following the race.”

Imhoff will be traveling with co-pilot Nina Bouthier. The race starts on Tuesday, June 18. You can follow it here.

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