Aviation for Women

JUL-AUG 2018

Aviation for Women is the flagship member publication of Women in Aviation International. Articles feature women who have made aviation history, professional development ideas, and current-topic articles.

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12 AviationforWomen J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 Capt. Rosella Bjornson , WA I 4771 a nd 2004 WA I Pioneer Hall of Fame inductee, will be honored as a Canadian avia- tion trailblazer as one of five Edmontonians inducted into t he A lber t a Order of Excel- lence. T he 2018 invest iture ceremony will be held Octo- ber 18, 2018. Rosella was rec- og n i z ed a s t he f irst fem a le pilot for a commercial airline in North America by the Alber- ta Aviation Museum in 2016. L iz D u c a , WA I 6 516 4 a nd founder and president of corpo- rate member PreFlight, marked her second annual PreFlight Aviation Camp in June at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. A dozen girls, ages 11-14, attended this year from five dif- ferent U.S. states, and four girls attended on full scholarships. The WASP, and their story of courage and sisterhood, is the inspiration for Liz's camp. Pearl, PreFlight's mascot and inspi- ration for adventure, traveled to #WAI18 and participated at Girls in Aviation Day Reno and stopped by the Nation- al WASP WWII Muse- um's booth. Wa l l y Fu n k , WA I 26, is one of the 13 fe- male aviators featured i n t h e n e w N e t f l i x documentary Mercu- ry 13. The group of fe- male pilots from the 1960s underwent the same physical and psychologi- cal tests as the men NASA se- lected as astronauts, but never made it to space. C on g r at u l at ion s B e r n i c e "Bee" Falk Haydu , WAI 42360, for receiving the 2018 Silver Service Medallion from the Na- tional W WII Museum in New Orleans on June 8. Sarah Rovner , WA I 50160, was featured in Flying maga- zine explaining how her Full Throttle Aviation LLC business is thriving as a ferry pilot. Sar- ah has flown 115 aircraft types in 15 countries since she start- ed flying. Mar y Frances Silitch , WA I 1277 and 2013 WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame inductee, is a 1957 Rhodes College graduate. She was honored by the Memphis, Tennessee, college as a leading avia- tion journalist. Christina Tin - dle , WA I 34955, and a pilot, coun- s elor, a n d a u t h or h eld h er summer Woman Wise AW E- some Adventures seminar in Cascade, Idaho (U70) June 27- July 1, 2018. Congratulations to Rhonda Walthall , WAI 1220, on her re- cent promotion to a technical fellow, Prognostics and Health Management Applications at UTC Aerospace Systems. P A S S A G E S Diana Rhea , Boeing's longest- serving employee and an early female manager, passed away at age 96. She combined her love of work and Boeing for 75 years, starting as a 20-year-old clerk typist in 1942 and retir- ing last year at age 95. In 1968, Diana became Boeing's first fe- male manager in manufactur- ing engineering, supervising a team of up to 40 people. ✈ M E M B E R N E W S P A S S A G E S Jean Terrell Moreo McCreery took her final flight on May 10 at age 94. Jean, of Engle- wood, Ohio, took mechani- cal drawing in high school to avoid home economics, and after graduation she worked for WACO airplane manufactur- ing. After reading the famous LIFE magazine article about the WASP, Jean was inspired to apply to the program and was admitted to Class 44-10. Jean McCreery Wally Funk KRISTINE VOLK COURTESY BOEING PreFlight's mascot "Pearl" at Girls in Aviaton Day Reno Diana Rhea

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