May 13, 2009
By Jill W. Tallman
Women in Aviation International (WAI) and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) will once again bring WomenVenture to this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.
It will feature a first for the weeklong fly-in—an all-female airshow set for July 31. Scheduled performers include Melissa Andrejewski, Julie Clark, Chandy Clanton, Susan Dacy, Debbie Gary, Jill Long, Misty Blues, Debby Rihn-Harvey, Teresa Stokes, and Patty Wagstaff. Suzanne Oliver will be doing skywriting, and Connie Bowlin will fly a P-51 Mustang during the Warbirds segment.
“We’re delighted that WomenVenture was not a one-time-only event and that our partnership with EAA to celebrate women’s accomplishments in aviation, while attracting new women pilots and enthusiasts, continues for a second year,” WAI President Peggy Chabrian said May 11.
The week will include a Theater in the Woods program on July 31, featuring NASA Space Shuttle Commander Eileen Collins; U.S. Air Force Maj. Jill Long, who has flown more than 50 combat missions; and Jessica Cox, an inspirational speaker who obtained a sport pilot certificate. Cox, who was born without arms, flies an Ercoupe using her feet.
The first WomenVenture took place at AirVenture 2008 and featured a group photograph of hundreds of female aviators in pink T-shirts. WAI plans to take another group photograph in AeroShell Square. Distribution of the free T-shirts will begin on Monday, July 27, at the AirVenture Welcome Center. T-shirts also will be available at the WAI Celebrity Breakfast on July 31 at 8 a.m. and at the WAI’s booth (B2041).
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
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