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Mt. Juliet's Lindskoug makes history in Air Race Classic

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MTSU students Gabriella Lindskough, left, and pilot Jordan Cantrell fly during the June 20-24 national Air Race Classic, a transcontinental event for women. SUBMITTED

Mt. Juliet's Gabriella Lindskoug and Jordan Cantrell, of Nashville, recently became the first Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) students to finish the grueling, all-female Air Race Classic.

Lindskoug, 20, a junior aerospace major, and Cantrell, 27, a pre-med student majoring in psychology and minoring in chemistry and aerospace, achieved their goal in completing the nearly 2,650-mile event and flew back to Murfreesboro on June 29.

The Air Race Classic is the longest running all-women pilots transcontinental air race. MTSU's Alison Taylor and Alexis Hutchinson competed in the event in 2013 but did not finish.

Lindskoug and Cantrell, who called themselves "White Lightning," flew the Cantrell family-owned Cessna Skyhawk out of Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland on June 20 along with 51 other teams. Four days and 14 states later, they finished 26th overall at Santa Fe Municipal Airport in New Mexico.

On Facebook, Lindskoug posted, "Oh my goodness. We just completed the 2017 Air Race Classic! I cannot put into words what an incredible experience this was. One day we woke up in Indianapolis, then we were paddle-boarding on Lake Bemidji, and now we are in New Mexico. This has been absolutely wild."

Cantrell said she has "dreamed of racing airplanes since I was a little girl. I am racing to become a better and safer pilot as well as to see a lot of the United States that I have not had the pleasure of flying over yet."

Lindskoug, a commercial pilot with 200-plus hours of flight time, is an MTSU flight dispatcher and member of the MTSU Raiders chapter of Women in Aviation International. Her dreams are to become a fighter pilot with the Air National Guard and work for a major airline. From a flying family, her father is a pilot with a major airline, and her grandfather flew fighter jets for the Swedish Royal Air Force.

Cantrell, a private pilot with 260 hours logged, is owner of Cantrell's Airbnb and Springwater Supperclub and Lounge and vice president of Bald Eagle Enterprises. She is a Professional Association of Diving Instructors-certified scuba diver and beekeeper with her own honey label.

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