New England Air Museum: Women Take Flight

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-enactor Tammy Denease will portray 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.

Among the women in aviation expected are:
Nina Anderson – Corporate Pilot and Author
Patricia L. Beckman – U.S. Navy Commander (retired), Flight Officer/Flight Test Navigator
Jessica Cox – First pilot without arms who has inspired women around the world – visit her website and see a video here
Dorothy (Dori) Freer – Helicopter pilot with the Navy and Sikorsky. Participated in recovery mission for Space Shuttle Challenger
Bee Haydu – the Woman Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) from World War II and author of Letters Home 1944-1945 about her experiences
Linda Maloney – Naval aviator and author of Military Fly Moms; Representing Girls with Wings.
Martha Parish – Airspace Inspection Pilot for FAA, Pratt & Whitney Women’s Council
Elisa Raney, Navy helicopter pilot
Charlotte Richardson – Glider Pilot with CT SOARing Association
Terry VandenDolder, American Airlines and Air Force pilot (retired)
Kathy Wadsworth – Aeronaut
Lt. Susan Walters – Coast Guard aviator
Lucy Young – Commercial and Navy Pilot (retired)

Also attending will be:

Classic Air Racing Team #5 – one of the 47 teams in the Classic Air Race of 2013
A panel of women air reservists form Westover Air Base, Chicopee MA.

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).

You can download a flyer here, a program here.

Groups can register prior to October 25. The cost of registration includes admission to Women Take Flight, an event program and an event patch. The cost is $6.00 per child ages 11 and under, and $8.50 for adults ages 12 and up. You can download a group registration form here, or you can register a group online here.

Additional and updated information may be obtained by calling the Museum at 860-623-3305 extension 311 or visiting the web site