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Women in Air & Space

Women in Air & Space

Explore a panorama of women’s contributions to and achievements in aviation and space flight with the Air Zoo’s Women in Air & Space exhibition. Displayed throughout our Flight Innovation and Discovery Centers, the exhibit tells diverse women’s stories from the early days of flight through today’s record breakers and history makers. Get to know the great pioneers, learn more about women who sought aviation-based careers, and see stars with the women of NASA. Experience our interactive timeline teeming with stories, images, videos, and activities that help illustrate the major impacts made by these extraordinary women.

The Great Pioneers
This suite of exhibit components embraces some of the earliest stories of women in aviation. Meet the Wright brothers’ younger sister and silent partner, Katharine Wright, first female licensed pilot, Harriet Quimby, and the courageous woman the press called “the only race aviatrix,” Bessie Coleman, known as the first black and Native American female pilot.

Among the exhibit’s anchors, Amelia: Adventurous Aviatrix highlights the three key eras of the iconic pilot’s life. Discover Amelia Earhart’s first passion (it wasn’t flight!), find out what she thought about comparisons to Charles Lindbergh, and note her numerous achievements. We’ve recreated a charming photograph of Amelia as she demonstrated flight basics to pint-size future pilots. The scene features a handmade 1930s demonstration model reproduction.

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