HISTORY OF THE NEW ENGLAND WOMEN IN AVIATION PROJECT

Research to identify a sampling of women from New England who made diverse and considerable contributions to aviation was funded, initially, with a Research Scholar Grant in 2013 from the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots awarded to aviator Peggy Loeffler. Assisted by Katherine Wadsworth Delano, record-setting balloonist, and Caroline d’Otreppe, retired NEAM Education Director, Ms. Loeffler completed the identification and selection of notable women who have a strong connection to New England and illustrate what is unique to the region. New England represents on a small scale what was happening with women in aviation across the country.

In October 2018, Ms. Loeffler received the prestigious Annual Combs-Gates Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame for her research. The cash award of $20,000 will initiate the fundraising campaign to design and construct the exhibit.


THE EXHIBIT

The exhibit will include various media and interactive applications to attract, inform and inspire visitors young and old. A permanent exhibit honoring women in aviation will complement existing programs at NEAM such as the annual Women Take Flight event and other education programs already underway. It will also provide opportunities for new programs and events to educate and enlighten thousands of museum visitors for years to come. Women of today who are pioneering new careers in aviation will also be noted as mentors for the next generation.


MEET SOME OF THE AMAZING WOMEN…

Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo

First Female Pilot for a Major US Commercial Airline

Bonnie grew up in Connecticut and at the age of ten, took her first lesson out of Danbury Airport at her father’s flight school. In 1973 at age 24, Bonnie was hired by American Airlines and as the company’s first female pilot, she had to design her first uniform. At the time of her retirement in 1999, Bonnie was flying as captain in the Boeing 757 and 767. Her uniform is on display in the Smithsonian.


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