Women’s Air Race Classic

2012 K-State "Classic 38" and "Classic 8" Air Racers

The Air Race Classic, Inc. is a nonprofit 501C3 dedicated to:

  • Encouraging and educating current and future women pilots
  • Increasing public awareness of general aviation
  • Demonstrating women’s roles in aviation
  • Preserving and promoting the tradition of pioneering women in aviation

The Burton Aviation Foundation began sponsoring K-State students’ participation in this race in 2009, with Merritt Hitchcock and Kali Hague competing for K-State.  Jan Burton was there to wave them off at the race beginning at Centennial Airport, Colorado.  In 2011, Megan Henderson and Nicole Lordemann competed and learned so much and had such a great time, they decided to “split” up and form two teams for 2012.

Women’s Air Race 2013

During the 2013 race one team composed of three racers, Tonya Hodson, Jen McLean, and Karen Morrison, placed 6th overall and 3rd in the collegiate division. This is the second year in a row the K-State team has had a top 10 finish!

Women’s Air Race 2012

In 2012, Megan Henderson and Summer Gajewski formed “Classic 38” team, and Nicole Lordemann and Tonya Hodson formed “Classic 8”.  Check out Making History for more information about the race and what the competitors had to say about their experience.

Congratulations to both teams, finishing in to top 10 for the collegiate category this year.  A huge call-out to Nicole and Tonya, who placed 8th place, and who are contributing a portion of their $500 prize money back to the foundation, giving back early in their lives!

Women’s Air Race 2011

For more information about the 2011 Air Race and how the competitors did click Here.