The New England Air Museum will host its ninth annual Women Take Flight event on Sunday, November 3, 2013. The program features extraordinary women who have pioneered new careers for women in aviation and aerospace engineering. Our guests will share their experiences at stations around the Museum one-on-one with Museum visitors, at presentations, and at panel discussions. Re-enactors will portray famous women aviators from bygone eras including Harriet Quimby (the first woman licensed pilot in the United States) and Bessie Coleman (the first African American Pilot in the United States). Discover the opportunities women now have working in the aviation and aerospace industries while seeing examples of their work in the Museum’s collection. This exciting, educational and inspirational program is sponsored by the Petit Family Foundation and presented in cooperation with the Connecticut Chapter of the Ninety-Nines (International Organization of Women Pilots).
Among the twenty women in aviation expected are: Bee Haydu, a Woman Air Force Service Pilot from World War II who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Obama; Jessica Cox, the first pilot without arms who has inspired women around the world to achieve in spite of prejudice; Captain Elisa Raney, Navy Helicopter Pilot shot down in Desert Storm; Patricia Beckman, Commander US Navy (retired) and flight test navigator for the Boeing company; Lucy Young, Commercial and Navy Pilot (second woman carrier certified); Dori Freer, Commander US Navy (retired) and Aviation Safety Operations Manager for Sikorsky; Terry vandenDolder, American Airlines and Air Force pilot (retired); Martha Parish, FAA Operations Inspector; Olga M. Mitchell, Mary Build and Margot Cheel of Team #5 from Classic Air Race 2013; Pratt & Whitney Women’s Council; Women Air Reservists at Westover Air Base, Chicopee MA; Linda Maloney, Naval aviator and author of Military Fly Moms; Dena Williams, Air Force Pilot with Hurricane Hunters.
The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England and is a private, non-profit educational institution that was organized in 1959. Three larger hangars and an outdoor display contain more than 80 aircraft with permanent exhibits that include the oldest surviving aircraft in the U.S. – the 1870 Silas M. Brooks Balloon Basket, as well as an S-39 Amphibian plane – the first aircraft built in Connecticut by aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky. Featured year-round are many historical aircraft and exhibits including a focus on World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen, and a display about Amelia Earhart alongside a Lockheed Model 10 Electra – the same type of plane flown by the female aviator. The Air Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs. It is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association and is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, with four full-time employees, 18 part-time employees, and more than 157 volunteers. The New England Air Museum is located on 36 Perimeter Road (off Route 75) on the North end of the Bradley International Airport airfield in Windsor Locks, Conn. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, and features a large gift shop. For more information, www.neam.org or (860) 623-3305 or Facebook at New England Air Museum.
The New England Air Museum is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Seven days a week and is located in Windsor Locks, Conn. adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to CT. exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north. Admission prices: Ages 12 and up $12.00; children 4-11 $6.50; ages 3 and under are free; seniors 65 and up $11.00.
For more information, visit www.neam.org or call (860) 623-3305.