A Celebration of Women in Aerospace
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate women’s contributions to aerospace history with exciting guest lectures, hands-on activities, and special events.
Special Guest Lecturers
General Aviation Airports
Connecticut Airport Authority
Lectures at 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
After working for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in various management capacities and serving as Airport Manager with the Connecticut State Department of Transportation at Groton-New London Airport for nearly 18 years, Ms. Young is now Business Developer for Connecticut Airport Authority's five general aviation airports. In 2014 she received the Women's Transportation Seminar Connecticut Chapter Member of the Year Award. In 2015 Ms. Young received the Flight Officer Connie Nappier, Jr. Chapter of the Black Pilots of America Connecticut Chapter's Aviation Enthusiast of the Year Award, and in 2017 she was among 100 women of color honored for her contributions to her local community. Ms. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Connecticut College, a Master of Science Degree from the University of Bridgeport, and is an Accredited Airport Executive candidate.
Test Pilot Sikorsky Aircraft
Lectures at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Melissa Mathiasen began her career with Sikorsky Aircraft in 2008 as a Chief Pilot. She was subsequently appointed as the Chief Program Pilot - Contracts and Training, and currently is a Production Test Pilot for the Sikorsky S-76, S-92 and UH-60M aircraft. Prior to joining Sikorsky Aircraft, Ms. Mathiasen flew as an IFR Captain for offshore oil platforms, and she also served in the U.S. Army for twenty years, retiring in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ms. Mathiasen is a rotary wing certified flight instructor (CFI) and holds an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) license, as well as a Single and Multi-Engine Fixed Wing Airplane license. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado, a Bachelor of Science from Cedar Valley College, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. Over the course of her career she has accumulated over 6,500 mishap-free flight hours primarily in Sikorsky commercial and military aircraft.
MSgt. Dana Willette
Flight Engineer, C-5M Super Galaxy 439th Airlift Wing/337th Airlift Squadron
Lectures at 12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
MSgt. Dana Willette has served in the United States military reserves for more than twenty years. From 1994-2002 she served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a UH-1 Helicopter Repairer/Crew Chief, and for the past sixteen years she has served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves with the 439th Airlift Wing and the 337th Airlift Squadron at the Westover Air Reserve Base where she currently is a Flight Engineer aboard the C-5M Super Galaxy. MSgt. Willette is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, and New Dawn, and has accumulated 2,300 flight hours during her career. She also earned the Humanitarian Service Medal for her humanitarian service after the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 and Hurricane Katrina, and has been a Massachusetts board certified optician since 1998.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Museum Exhibits & Gift Shop
Explore three hangars filled with historic aircraft. Don't forget a visit to the Wings 'n Things Gift Shop!
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Women Take Flight Exhibitors
Meet women pilots, aerospace engineers, and aviation industry professionals from across New England
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Women in Aerospace Scavenger Hunt
Discover the history of women's contributions to aerospace both past and present through our collection of historic aircraft.
Take to the imaginary skies flying a Cessna 172 with NEAM's computer flight simulators.
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open Cockpit Experiences
Climb inside historic aircraft including the Lockheed Electra 10-A, the same model aircraft Amelia Earhart flew during her attempted around-the-world flight in 1937
10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Build & Fly Challenges
Test your engineering skills with hands-on STEM activities.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Kane's Market Food Court
Enjoy a hearty lunch or snack. Cash only, please
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Ercoupe Full Motion Flight Simulator
Take the controls aboard NEAM's Ercoupe full motion flight simulator, and experience the roll, yaw, and pitch of a real airplane in flight.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Virtual Flight Center
Experience the thrill of flight with NEAM's advanced three screen yoke and pedal flight simulators. Ages 10 and older, $5.00 per person per 30 minute flight. Flights available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets available for purchase at Admissions Counter the day of the event.
Unless otherwise noted all events and activities are included with general admission and are subject to change. Please note that library passes are not valid on this event day.
You may purchase discounted group admission for Women Take Flight. Your group must have 10 or more participants to qualify for the group admission rate. Groups must arrive together at check-in. Registration is non-refundable and payment must be received by February 26, 2018. The group rates are $13.00 for adults ages 15 and up, and $8.00 for youth ages 4-14. Children ages 3 and under are free.