The Flying Flashes Win the 45th Annual Air Race Classic

The Flying Flashes Win the 45th Annual Air Race Classic
Laura and Alex wearing the Future is Female t-shirts
On Monday, June 27, the Kent State University College of Aeronautics and Engineering community welcomed Team 52, the Flying Flashes, back from the 45th Annual Air Race Classic. The Air Race Classic is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and educating current and future women pilots, increasing public awareness of general aviation, demonstrating women's roles in aviation, and preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation. 

The race route is different every year, and this year racers flew from Lakeland, Florida, to Terre Haute, Indiana, approximately 2,500 miles over a four-day time period. 

The Flying Flashes, Laura Wilson of New Richmond, Ohio, senior Aeronautics - Professional Pilot major, and Alex Johnson of Canton, Michigan, 2021 graduate of the Aeronautics - Professional Pilot program, returned to the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center at the Kent State Airport (1G3) with not only one award - but with three first-place prizes. 

The Flying Flashes came home well-decorated with the Fastest Cessna prize, the 1st Place Collegiate Challenge Trophy, and the 1st Place Overall award

Fastest Cessna. The Fastest Cessna Award is presented to the highest-scoring team flying a Cessna airplane.

1st Place, Collegiate Challenge Trophy. The 1st Place Collegiate Challenge Trophy is awarded to the highest-scoring collegiate team. 

1st Place, Overall. The 1st Place Overall award is presented to the highest-scoring team in the Air Race Classic. This award includes prizes of $6,000 plus medallions and awards for each team member. 

Celebrating the Females of Flight

The Flying Flashes, Laura and Alex, were celebrated with fellow female aviator Victoria Lorenzon, senior Aeronautics - Processional Pilot major, on Thursday, June 30, at 12:30 p.m. EDT at the FedEx Aeronautics Academic Center at the Kent State Airport (1G3). The three women were honored and recognized for their recent awards, achievements, and accolades, as well as continuing to promote the tradition of pioneering women in aviation.  

The Flying Flashes in the News

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association 

FLYING Magazine 

Ohio Higher Ed on Twitter

 

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 5:32am
UPDATED: Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 9:47am