2003 Air Race Classic 'flight log'
June 24, 2003
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Michelle Glisan, an April 2003 graduate of Western Michigan University's aviation flight science program, and Amanda J. Gruden, lead flight instructor for WMU's College of Aviation and a 2000 graduate of the aviation program, are competing against 35 other all-women teams from around the nation in the 2003 Air Race Classic June 21-24. The race route covers nearly 2,200 miles from Pratt, Kan., to Manteo, N.C.
This is the fourth consecutive year WMU aviators have entered the event that first was held in 1929 as the Women's Air Derby. The race will conclude this year with a celebration of the centennial of flight, as competitors complete a final fly-by of the Kitty Hawk, N.C., site where the Wright brothers' first flight took place. Following the fly-by, competing pilots will head for the finish line at nearby Manteo airport. The event's concluding banquet June 26 will take place at the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk.
Below are reports from the two WMU aviators, beginning with their arrival in Kansas for the start of the race. Click on the date for the complete report.
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