Women Take Flight

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

Catherine Young

Business Developer
General Aviation Airports
Connecticut Airport Authority
Lectures at 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

Melissa Mathiasen

Test Pilot
Sikorsky Aircraft
Lectures at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

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.

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut’s 5th congressional district is scheduled to make an appearance at Women Take Flight. Rep. Esty is the co-author of H.R. 4673, the “Promoting Women in the Aviation Workforce” Act, and will give introductory remarks in support of women in aerospace prior to the 3:30 p.m. public lecture.

Featured Activities

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.
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.     Computerized Flight Simulators
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.

Download a Women Take Flight flyer here.


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Food Court is offered by

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