Women In Aviation Announce Pioneer Hall Of Fame Inductees For
January 14, 2011 - Women in Aviation, International has
announced the new members of its Pioneer Hall of Fame.
These women will be inducted into the Pioneer Hall of
Fame during WAI's 22nd Annual International Conference
which will be held on February 24-26, 2011, at the Grand
Sierra Resort in
"For our members, these Pioneers represent both their
history and inspiration for their own lives," says WAI
President Dr. Peggy Chabrian. "To get an opportunity to
meet and be photographed with these living legends is
the highlight of the Conference for many." The Pioneer
Hall of Fame Inductees for 2011 are:
Dr. Peggy Chabrian is President and Founder of Women in Aviation, International. She has grown the organization from its first conference attended by 150 people in 1990 to an organization representing thousands of women in all aspects of aviation today. She is a multi-thousand hour commercial pilot as well as a rotary-rated pilot and flight instructor who has been flying for more than 20 years.
her founding Women in Aviation, International, she held several
top positions in aviation education including Academic Dean and
Associate Vice President of Parks College; Dean of Academic
Support for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott,
Arizona campus; Director of the Center of Excellence for
Aviation/Space Education at ERAU's Daytona Beach campus; and
Department Chair of the aviation department at Georgia State
University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Duckworth serves as the Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant
Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. As Assistant
Secretary, Duckworth advises the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
on matters relating to media and public affairs. Duckworth
served as the Director of Illinois Department of Veterans'
Affairs from 2006-2008. A Major in the Illinois Army National
Guard, Duckworth served in
mission north of
Maj. Gen. Susan J.
Helms is Director of Plans and
Selected by NASA
in January 1990, General Helms became an astronaut in July 1991. On Jan.
13, 1993, then an Air Force major and a member of the space shuttle
Endeavour crew, she became the first
Hazel Ying Lee
took her first flight in 1932, at the age of 19, becoming one of the
first Chinese-American women to earn a pilot's license. Following the
Japanese attack on
Responding to the
call of Jacqueline Cochran, Lee joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots
(WASP) in 1943. In 1944, she became part of Class 44-18 Flight B, flying
P-63s, P-51s (her favorite) and P-39s. She was killed in a P-63 accident
on November 25, 1944. Lee was the first Chinese-American woman to fly
Mary Ann Martin
Wyall was accepted in the WASP in May 1944 in class 44-W-10 and was part
of the last graduating class in December 1944. As a WASP, she flew
AT-6s, BF-13s and PT-17s. Post-war, she continued in aviation as a ferry
pilot, flight instructor and owner of an aircraft charter business.
The Women in
Aviation, International Pioneer Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to
honor women who have made significant contributions as record setters,
pioneers, or innovators. Special consideration is given to individuals
or groups who have helped other women be successful in aviation or
opened doors of opportunity for other women. Each year, the organization
solicits nominations from throughout the aviation industry for the WAI
Pioneer Hall of Fame.
With the theme "Inspire - Enthuse - Innovate," the WAI Conference will include seminars, workshops, networking events, speakers, and a commercial exhibit area. The Conference concludes on Saturday evening, February 26 with WAI's annual banquet where many scholarships are awarded and the 2011 group of Pioneers is inducted into WAI's Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame.
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