Article by Sandy Ward, reprinted with permission.
Mukilteo, Wash – January 30, 2014- On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is celebrating the women of Boeing – those who since 1916 were the first to work at the fledgling company, to become pilots and engineers, to fill positions on the line in World War II, and to take on leadership roles. These women are part of Boeing history. They remember the plant shutting down during air raids in the 1940s, flying Chinook helicopters for the first time and setting world records in Boeing 777s. They paved the way for other women for decades to come.
During the day, there will be a book signing and luncheon event to kick off the publication ofTrailblazers: The Women of The Boeing Company, attended by the author and many of the women featured in the book.
The book signing will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be attended by Boeing pilots and trailblazers (short bios below) Patricia Beckman, Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, Megan Robertson, Eleanor Dickson, Sandra Jeffcoat, Nelda Lee, Loraine Bratset, Diana Rhea and Laurette Koellner. All will be available for interviews about their experiences as women “firsts” at the company. Author Betsy Case will also be on hand during the day.
The luncheon from noon to 1:30 will be capped off by a moderated panel of these women. They will discuss what has inspired them—as women and as members of the Boeing aerospace team over the decades. The general public is invited to attend and all book signing events are free. The luncheon requires a ticket that can be purchased for $18 per person at www.womeninaviation.eventbrite.com
The Future of Flight Aviation Center & Boeing Tour is located at 8415 Paine Field Blvd., Mukilteo, WA 98275. For more information or to schedule interviews, please contact Sandy Ward, 425-438-8100 x 223, firstname.lastname@example.org