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Girls Take Flight in Free Women in Aviation Week Program

Great Article Reposted from the Contra Costa Times (CC Times) By Karen Rarey For the Contra Costa Times Posted:   03/11/2013 02:00:46 PM PDT Updated:   03/11/2013 04:29:55 PM PDT Dozens of East Bay teenage girls took to the skies Sunday … Continue reading

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“Aviatress of the World”: Raymonde de Laroche

The Women in Aviation, International conference in Nashville is right around the corner.  It has been held in March since the organization was founded and it is no secret as to why this month was chosen.  March is nationally known … Continue reading

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Not All Aviation Firsts Belong to Pilots

So often when we look at aviation history we make note of groundbreaking firsts made by pilots.  But what of those who stay on the ground?  Those individuals are just as vital to aviation, especially since they are the ones … Continue reading

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Gone West: Bay Area Native Maggie Gee, former WASP

This past Friday, February 1, 2013, the aviation community lost a treasured pilot.  Margaret “Maggie” Gee, a former WASP, passed away on Friday, February 1, at the age of eighty-nine.  A truly unique individual, Maggie served as only one of … Continue reading

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Monthly Hangar Talk – January 2013

The members of WAI-SFBA had a great meeting to kick off the new year!  Bay Area resident, Ryan Kaher, graciously invited our chapter to host our January get-together in his hangar at San Carlos Airport.  The weather turned out perfect … Continue reading

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Excerpts from Bay Area Aviation History

This post was written a few years ago, but it still worth the read.  It is a small history of the Bay Area of which many may not have known.  The author, Sarah B., is a resident of the Richmond District and … Continue reading

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SFBA-WAI Co-President Pursues Tailwheel Endorsement

Hi Everyone!  We hope you had a wonderful holiday season!  We are back in full force for a fun and exciting 2013.  To begin, we have some exciting news about one of our chapter members!  Our Co-President, Kelly Hoffman, has been awarded the … Continue reading

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Airplanes, Ships, and the Women Who Serve on Both: the U.S. Navy

San Francisco celebrated its annual Fleet Week with the arrival of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard this past weekend. It is a time honored tradition beginning in 1935 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt thought it necessary to reinstate … Continue reading

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Palo Alto Airport Day

Palo Alto Airport Day with (from left to right) Dakota, Kelly, Pam, and Melanie We had fun at Palo Alto Airport Day this past Saturday, September 22!  We met with many women of all ages interested in the field of aviation.  … Continue reading

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SAWIA & WAI-SFBA Meet Again in the Bay Area!

A couple of weeks ago we had the fortunate chance to host a member from S.A.W.I.A. (Southern African Women in Aviation and Aerospace Industry), Laura Ilunga.  Our Co-President, Kelly, and Director, Sandra, first welcomed Laura in Las Vegas, Nevada.  After … Continue reading

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