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In 5 days, Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (#WOAW17) kicks off.
March is Women in History month and also Women of Aviation month. Many events are organized across the globe.
Here are a few key events:
The Women in Aviation Conference kicks of March 2nd – March 4th in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
The Smithsonian Women in Aviation and Family Day is March 18th, 2017
The Fly it Forward event runs March 6th – March 12th, 2017
Mentoring young women through discovery flights
March is Women in history month and also Women of Aviation month. Back in CA, my 99s chapter hosted many discovery flights for high school girls. Here is one of my mentees, who got to fly with my friend and CFI and discovered the joy of flying!
I was annoyed from the start by the attitude of doubt by the spectators that I would never really make the flight. This attitude made me more determined than ever to succeed.
— Harriet Quimby, just prior to her flight across the English Channel, 1912.
Photo Courtesy: Library of Congress
Women History Month
March is women history month, celebrating great women throughout history who made a difference. March is also Women in Aviation month. Aviatrix around the world not only remember and honor women aviation giants, but also organize and promote many events to encourage other women into aviation.
Photo courtesy: Early Aviators
On March 8, 1910, Raymonde de Larocha became the first women to obtain her fixed wing pilot’s license at the age of 24. She learned to fly with Charles Voisin on the grounds of Challons, in France. After obtaining her license, she participated in the Reims meet, the only women to do so. She crashed and was seriously injured. After a long recovery, she went on to win the Femina Cup for the longest endurance of 4 hours nonstop flight. In 1919, she set the record for altitude, 15,700ft. That same summer, she perished in a crash, while flying as a copilot on a test flight at Le Bourget airport in France.
Each year, the Women of Aviation Worldwide organizes events the first week of March to commemorate the first women pilot and to inspire women into aviation. A popular event in March is the Fly It Forward event, where pilots give girls and women an opportunity to take flight at a local airport. Check your local area for events at your location.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is hosting their Women in Aviation and Space Heritage day on March 14.