ACONE aviation safety lecture series kicks off

The First Annual Reese Dill Aviation Safety Lectureship Series Celebration, sponsored by the Aero Club of New England (ACONE), kicked off Wednesday, Nov. 14, with a presentation by Patty Wagstaff, six-time member of the US Aerobatic Team, gold, silver and bronze medalist, and first woman to win the title of US National Aerobatic champion.

Shown above is Dr. Gary Kearney MD, Longwood Urological Associates, Event Chair; Chet Curtis, NECN and emcee for the event; Patty Wagstaff, keynote speaker, and Charles Bures, President of ACONE (Aero Club of New England).

The event, attended by over 150 people, took place at the USS Constitution Museum. It is the first in a lectureship/scholarship series based on air safety in commemoration of the late Reese Dill, a nationally recognized pilot for his aerobatic and charitable endeavors.

In 2004, Wagstaff was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the National Air and Space award for achievements in 1994. In 1994, her aircraft, The Goodrich Extra 260, was put on display in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) is the oldest aero club in the Americas and is nationally recognized for its air safety work in conjunction with the FAA and AOPA.

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