Photo Courtesy of Larry Grace Photography
Minnesota led the way
in the first annual Girls International Aviation Day, hosting the world’s
largest celebration among all Women in Aviation International (WAI) chapters.
Held by the Stars of the North WAI (starsofthenorth.org) and
AirSpace Minnesota, the experience brought 1,000 people to the Downtown St.
Paul Airport on Saturday, September 26. The skies over St. Paul were filled
with excitement as 213 young people received Young Eagles flights provided by
volunteer pilots from EAA Chapters 25, 1518 and 237.
trailblazers included Honeywell engineer Elizabeth Bierman, Northwest Airlines
flight attendant Anne Billingsley Kerr, aerobatics and airline pilot Julie
Clark, aerospace leader and astronaut Dr. Sandy Magnus, WWII pilot Elizabeth
“Liz” Strohfus and Barb Wiley, first female pilot for North Central Airlines.
Clark thrilled the crowd by arriving in her beautiful T-34 plane with smoke
trailing, and Scott Romuld, who flies with the T-6 Thunder North American
Flight Team, brought his plane to show one of the favorite planes flown by Liz
Strohfus during WWII.
received Logbooks that highlighted the career pathways and featured aircraft,
with pages for autographs from the featured “Legends.” A new Pathways Poster was unveiled that includes this information
and more. The poster will be made available to all Minnesota schools and youth
students, parents and teachers access information about the many exciting opportunities
available in fields connected to flight, from healthcare to wearable
heart-warming, inspirational presentations by the featured speakers, everyone
received aviator sunglasses as a symbol that flight helps us see the world differently,
to encourage everyone to find and pursue their dreams with confidence. It was
an amazing day of blue skies, big smiles and a chance to imagine what’s
possible when dreams and skills connect.
experience was made possible by many outstanding volunteers and sponsors,
including Presenting Sponsor UTC Aerospace Systems, and Category Sponsors
Academy College, Cirrus Aircraft, SkyWest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and Thunderbird
Aviation. Aircraft on display were
provided by Julie Clark, Civil Air Patrol, Minnesota National Guard, Scott
and Nathan Ruedy for Valters Aviation, Thunderbird
Aviation and Barb Wiley.
the photo galleries here to see all the great organizations who provided
displays and aircraft to help participants imagine a life where dreams and
skills connect, inspired by flight.
All photos courtesy of Larry Grace Photography.
Posted on 11/06/2015
by Sarah Hokuf filed under