Women Take Flight 2021


Join the New England Air Museum in commemorating Women’s History Month with Women Take Flight 2021, a month-long celebration of the past, present, and future of women in aerospace. With a combination of virtual and in-person experiences, this year’s Women Take Flight event features something for everyone!


In-Person Experiences:

Women Take Flight offers opportunities for visitors to discover the history of New England women in aerospace by connecting one-on-one with women employed in the aviation industry. This year we’re offering the following social-distanced, in-person experiences for museum visitors as part of Women Take Flight 2021. All activities are included with general admission and are subject to change.

Flights of Fun Family Programs:

Every Saturday and Sunday

Every Saturday and Sunday in March from 10:30am-2:30pm join the museum’s Public Programs team for women in aerospace themed scavenger hunts, Flight Science Demonstrations, as well as take-home versions of our popular Build and Fly Challenges.

Women in Aerospace Chats:

Saturday March 6, March 13, March 20, and March 27, 2021

Join us every Saturday in March from 10:30am-12:30pm for an opportunity to meet a local woman in aviation. From pilots to engineers to aerospace industry professionals, we’ll have a special guest onsite each Saturday for social distanced chats with visitors on a drop-in basis.

  • March 6, 2021: Kristi Fleischmann, Managing Director, Acrojet Aerospace Solutions
  • March 13, 2021: Carolyn Begnoche, Senior Engineer, Product Definition, Power and Controls, Collins Aerospace
  • March 20, 2021: Peggy Loeffler, CFI-I, AGI, DPE Chief Flight Instructor and Kathy Wadsworth, Aeronaut
  • March 27, 2021: MSgt. Dana Willette, 337th Air Lift Flight Engineer, 439th Air Wing Flying Safety NCO

Virtual Experiences:

Saturday March 6

Join us on Saturday March 6, 2021 for the launch of Women Take Flight 2021: Virtual, a special event website including videos from prior Women Take Flight keynote speakers as well as links to Women Take Flight Virtual exhibitors including the Connecticut Airport Authority, the New England Section of the 99s, Pratt and Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft Lockheed Martin, and more. Featured Women Take Flight 2021 Virtual video contributors include

  • Colleen D’Alessandro, New England Regional Administrator, FAA
  • Melissa Mathiason, Test Pilot, Sikorsky Aircraft Lockheed Martin
  • Commander Rebecca J. Waddington, Commissioned Officer/Pilot, NOAA Corps
  • Shaesta Waiz, President and Founder, Dream Soar

Check back for updates to our Women Take Flight 2021 special event website contributors.

In the meantime, we encourage you to participate in Women Take Flight 2021 through these virtual women in aerospace themed activities, events, and programs:


Women Take Flight 2021 is sponsored in part by:


Save the date! Women Take Flight will return as a fully in-person event on Saturday March 5, 2022.

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