Air Race Classic pilots fly over Americus

Air Race Classic pilots fly over Americus
Jessica Hernandez
Jessica Hernandez
John Watford
John Watford
Sarah Cameron
Sarah Cameron
Will Manning
Will Manning

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Students at South Georgia Technical College had, what many considered, a once in a lifetime experience Thursday.

Over 100 female pilots participated in the Air Race Classic and flew through Americus.

Some pilots even stopped to meet with students and to fuel up.

"It's been an adventure," said participant Jessica Hernandez.

For the nearly 100 students currently enrolled in South Georgia Technical College's Aviation programs, Thursday was a day they'll never forget.

"It's pretty cool that they actually came to Americus of all places," said student Will Manning. "You think about it as just a little small town. Our school is actually here and it's just throwing out an opportunity."

Students got a chance to meet one-on-one with the pilots.

"Some of the guys were helping us with our plane. We were telling them, 'This is what you would want to look for pre flight and cleaning.  This is what we kind of do every stop,'" said Hernandez.

Hernandez and Sarah Cameron are first time participants in the Air Race Classic.

They're competing against other inspirational women.

They all have the same goal: to beat their own speeds for their particular plane.

"It's just great to know that you're not alone because we make up such a small population in the aviation industry and to have us all together in one place is just great," said Cameron.

President John Watford said the college's rich history as Georgia's oldest aviation school made the event even more special to experience.

He added that students were blown away.

"The different types of planes they've been able to see, the precision that the pilots come in with, and the pilots themselves are just so kind and approachable and are answering questions for the students," said Watford. "And it's just really showing a lot of goodwill on both sides."

The 2,400 statue miles race will finish up Friday in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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