The National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM), in partnership with Women in Aviation International, will host a free 2023 Girls in Aviation Gulf Coast event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum. Girls in Aviation Day is designed to introduce and educate girls 8 to 18 years of age on the many career choices and lifestyle possibilities offered by the aviation and aerospace industry.
“The entire aviation industry, like many others, faces a skills gap and a shortage of qualified professionals,” said Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, President and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. “Encouraging young girls to pursue aviation-related studies and ultimately technical aviation careers can help bridge this gap and ensure a steady supply of skilled individuals meet the industry’s demands.”
The 2023 event will celebrate 50 years of women in naval aviation and 30 years of women in combat aviation. There will be exhibitors, flight simulators, hands-on activities, special guest speakers, and a special message from Blue Angel #3 left-wing pilot, U.S. Navy Lt. Amanda Lee, along with other female Blue Angel team members.
2023’s special guest speakers are retired U.S. Navy fleet master chief April Beldo, who served as the first woman and first African-American Command Master Chief on an aircraft carrier and the first female Command Master Chief for recruit training; and Tammie Jo Shults, a retired commercial airline captain, author and former naval aviator who was one of the first female fighter pilots to serve in the Navy.
Follow along on our social media pages as we countdown with one photo every day that celebrates the rich history and ongoing success of women in naval aviation.