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…

Mary Goodrich Jenson

Mary grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut, and was the first licensed female pilot in Connecticut as well as the first female news columnist and first aviation editor for The Hartford Courant, writing a 10-article series on learning to fly. A Charter member of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots (99s), Mary attended the first meeting of the 99s on Long Island in 1929. Her 1928 license is signed by Orville Wright.

“I felt the stick slip forward. The plane dashed along the ground, gathering speed. The roar of the engine grew so intensely that it was deafening. I had been so absorbed, that I was not aware that the ship had left the ground. Suddenly I realized that we were actually flying.”


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