Florida Tech students McKenzie Krutsinger and Chesapeake Gustin, and recent graduate Sherisse Pierre, recently competed in the 2,600-mile Air Race Classic, the centerpiece of women’s air racing that traces its heritage to the days of Amelia Earhart.
Krutsinger, flying with the Kiwi Express team, won the four-day race, where results are based on beating the calculated speed of the aircraft being used. McKenzie is a junior majoring in aviation management.
Gustin, an aeronautical science with flight major starting her senior year in the fall, and Pierre, who graduated in the spring with her master’s degree in aviation human factors after earning a bachelor’s degree in aviation meteorology with flight, represented Florida Tech in the 41st annual edition of the race, which started in Maryland and ended in New Mexico. They finished 24th out of the 44-team field.
Memorializing the 1929 Women’s Air Derby and continuing the tradition of transcontinental speed competition for women pilots that event kicked off, the Air Race Classic brought teams from 35 states and six foreign countries, including teams from 14 colleges and universities.
IN THE PHOTO: Florida Tech junior McKenzie Krutsinger, left, and partner Dee Bond won the 2017 Air Race Classic.