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WING and a Prayer

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Photo: Delta News Hub

Since 2014, every October 5, Delta and United Airlines celebrate International Girls in Aviation Day with a program they call WING – Women Inspiring our Next Generation. Evert year, the airlines operate a few all-women-staffed flights to NASA in Houston. The flights are filled with teenage girls between the ages of 12 and 18, selected from the country’s best female science students. Upon touchdown in Houston, the young women are given a tour of NASA’s Mission Control Center, the Johnson Space Center, and Space Center Houston. The students also attend a luncheon with female astronauts and NASA engineers, during which they hear the aviation professionals’ inspiring stories.

*Although Delta and United celebrate on October 5, according to WAI.org, the official Annual Girls in Aviation day is actually on September 26.

Of course, 2020 being what it is, the celebrations had to go virtual this year, but they’re still making a difference. In 2017, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Aeronautical Center, only 7% of pilots and astronauts were women. In 2020, women comprise 12.49% of aviation students. Delta Airlines hosts this day every year to continue to move that number.

You can enroll in the virtual Girls in Aviation Day 2020 here, and you can learn more on the Women in Aviation International page.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “WING and a Prayer

  1. This is great but where are the women who fly US Military aircraft? There have probably been over a million women who have served in the US Military. HATS off to them. Yes, in aircraft women have proved over and over they can do anything a male can do if given the opportunity. Including but limited to flipping the switch and sending rockets again the enemies. I salute all the women who have put on the uniform, both civilian and military, and flew aircraft. — Hal

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  2. Congratulations to Delta and United for doing this!

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    • I’m really impressed, though if you go into their posts about the event, the comments are full of people complaining about something they didn’t like with their last flight, thereby entirely missing the point. People are the worst.

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  3. I have never heard of this but I am really glad it exists to inspire little girls to consider going into spheres that are still largely male dominated.

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