Women in Aviation, International has unveiled the 2010 inductees in the Pioneers Hall of Fame: Trish Beckman, who retired from the United States Navy after 28 years. She is the first woman to qualify as a crewmember in the F-15E program and the first American woman to qualify as a crewmember in the F.A-18D; Vice Admiral Vivien Crea, the most senior ranking woman in the history of the United States Coast Guard; Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, chief training pilot for The Boeing Co.; Alice du Pont Mills, who received her pilot’s license in 1929 at the age of 18, and during World War II taught instrument flying to Navy airmen and women ferry pilots at Newcastle, Del.; and Kathy Sullivan, the first American woman to walk in space.
The Women in Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to honor women who have made significant contributions as record setters, pioneers, or innovators. Special consideration is given to individuals or groups who have helped other women be successful in aviation or opened doors of opportunity for other women. Each year, the organization solicits nominations from throughout the aviation industry for the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame.
The Class of 2010 will be inducted during the Saturday evening banquet at the 21st annual Women in Aviation, International Conference, slated for Feb. 25-27, 2010, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando.
With the theme “Aviation: It’s a Small World,” the WAI Conference will include seminars, workshops, networking events, speakers, and a commercial exhibit area.
For more information: WAI.org.