March 4-5 marks the return of Women Fly!, The Museum of Flight’s annual Women’s History Month event for young women interested in aviation and aerospace careers. This year, with a theme of Space Exploration Pioneers, the event at the Seattle museum features three women who have been on the forefront of space professions from the beginning of the space program to the current exploration of Mars — legendary pilot Wally Funk, Cosmonaut Elena Kondakova and NASA Mars rover engineer Z. Nagin Cox.
Funk, Kondakova and Nagin will participate in the Women Fly! networking session on March 4, and in a panel presentation March 5 at 2 p.m. The March 5 program is open to the public and is free with admission to the museum. The March 4 events are open to young women ages 13 to 19 with prior registration. Registration information is available here.
On Friday, March 4, more than 100 young women ages 13 to 19 will participate in a day of motivational and career-oriented activities that will allow them to meet and learn from professional women working in a variety of flight-related careers. Volunteering their time are more than 30 women professionals: airport operators, pilots, air traffic controllers and engineers in all disciplines. The day’s activities include tours of King County International Airport/Boeing Field, museum education programs, simulated flights, aircraft tours, workshops, college/career fair, and networking with the panel.
Highlighting the activities is an international panel of women aerospace professionals sharing their exciting experiences in aviation, spaceflight and the exploration of Mars. Participants will be able to meet the panelists during a networking session that follows the presentation.