Article by Sandy Ward, reprinted with permission.
Mukilteo, Wash – January 30, 2014- On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is celebrating the women of Boeing – those who since 1916 were the first to work at the fledgling company, to become pilots and engineers, to fill positions on the line in World War II, and to take on leadership roles. These women are part of Boeing history. They remember the plant shutting down during air raids in the 1940s, flying Chinook helicopters for the first time and setting world records in Boeing 777s. They paved the way for other women for decades to come.
During the day, there will be a book signing and luncheon event to kick off the publication ofTrailblazers: The Women of The Boeing Company, attended by the author and many of the women featured in the book.
The book signing will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be attended by Boeing pilots and trailblazers (short bios below) Patricia Beckman, Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, Megan Robertson, Eleanor Dickson, Sandra Jeffcoat, Nelda Lee, Loraine Bratset, Diana Rhea and Laurette Koellner. All will be available for interviews about their experiences as women “firsts” at the company. Author Betsy Case will also be on hand during the day.
The luncheon from noon to 1:30 will be capped off by a moderated panel of these women. They will discuss what has inspired them—as women and as members of the Boeing aerospace team over the decades. The general public is invited to attend and all book signing events are free. The luncheon requires a ticket that can be purchased for $18 per person at www.womeninaviation.eventbrite.com
The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is located at 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo, WA 98275. For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Sandy Ward, 425-438-8100 x 223, firstname.lastname@example.org
It's official! WMA has established an archive at Texas Woman's University in Denton,Texas to fulfill our purpose,"Promote and preserve for historical, educational and literary purposes the role of women pilots, navigators and aircrew in the service of their country during times of war and peace".
The announcement was made on 16 March 2013 at the Women in Aviation International Conference in Nashville.
The archive is funded through the WMA Endowment which is administered by the TWU Foundation. WMA is committed to funding the Endowment start-up sum of $10,000 by December 31, 2018. Our goal is to raise $2,000 each year for the next five years but we hope to reach that amount (and beyond) much sooner. As of November 2014 we have collected $4,510 from individual and corporate donors. Wells Fargo has led the way with the generous sum of $2,500!
Although the Special Collections section of TWU's Blagg-Huey Library already accepts our individual and organizational items, the establishment of an endowment will ensure that funds are available to process and store our collections as well as make them available (as approved by WMA) for research and educational exhibits.
Thanks to the support of our membership and others, women military aviators are leaving a lasting legacy - a comprehensive picture of the achievements and contributions of women military aviators. To paraphrase the TWU Foundation, "We are creating a lasting heritage, encouraging present and future leadership, and making a difference in the lives of many."
For more information on our newly established Archive and how you can donate money to the Endowment (including bequests) as well as personal items to the archives, please visit The WMA ARCHIVE tab now available on our website.