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.