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Black female pilot an aviation trailblazer at Southern Illinois

Vernecelyn Allen and co-pilot Abby Lee finished ninth overall and third among college teams in this summer’s Air Race Classic, the only women’s air race in the nation.

Read the full article in the Chicago Sun Times.

Vernecelyn Allen

Image by Bryon Hetzler/The Southern Illinoisan

SIU Aviation and the Flying Salukis

Mention the phrase “Flying Salukis” and there can be only one image.

As a part of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s nationally recognized aviation program, the 15- to 18-member squad plays an important role in highlighting both the aviation program and the university’s accomplishments.

The team has nine National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) titles dating back to 1977. Since 2011, when the Flying Salukis surprised many competitors by winning a then-seventh national championship, the team has nine straight top 3 national finishes. That includes championships in 2014 and 2015 and second-place showings in 2016 and earlier this year.


Flying Salukis Win Regional Championship

Please join us in congratulating the Flying Saluki’s for their recent win at the SAFECON Region 8 flying competition hosted here at SIU. The competition at this event included Purdue University and Lewis University. The Salukis came in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in most of the individual events. Top Pilot and Top Scoring Contestant went to Andrew Finer.

This is their 9th straight regional title. Now they move on to the National competition in May!

2019 Flying Salukis