Grand Dames of Aviation Plans to Celebrate Extraordinary Achievements in Aviation

Newly Established Grand Dames of Aviation Nonprofit Aims to Celebrate, Educate, Inspire with New Scholarships, Sponsored Programming

Carol Dean, Founder and Board Chair
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Savannah, Ga – November 17, 2022: Initially founded by a group of dedicated women in professional aviation, the Grand Dames of Aviation (GDoA) plans to celebrate extraordinary achievements in aviation, educate through scholarships, and inspire through mentorship and networking. More recently, the GDoA earned its 501(c)3 nonprofit designation, providing growth opportunities for the organization to advance its mission.

“Cultivating the talent, innovation, and leadership of women is critical for the future of aviation and aerospace,” noted Grand Dames of Aviation founder, Carol Dean. “It’s so important to give back to our amazing industry by providing opportunities to inspire the next generation of aviation and aerospace industry leaders.”

Grand Dames will offer mentorship and networking opportunities as well as scholarships in areas such as Career Goals, Professional Development and Return to Service.

This news coincides with National Aviation Month celebrations this November, and the launch of the new Grand Dames of Aviation Abingdon watch for purchase where proceeds aid the organization’s scholarships and programming.

“The Abingdon Co. is proud to introduce the Grand Dame watch. This stunning timepiece honors the trailblazing women who came before us. Fierce, accomplished, confident and skilled,” shared Abingdon Mullin, Grand Dame and founder of Abingdon Co. “This is the first Abingdon watch to feature a guilloché dial, an almost 600-year-old engraving technique that decorates the dial of the watch with beautiful intricate patterns. The Grand Dame watch will be as timeless of a masterpiece as the centuries-old guilloche dials have become.”

The GDoA offers special pricing for certified Grand Dames of Aviation members, and availability is limited.

A Grand Dame herself, a living legend of aviation, Patty Wagstaff, sports the Abingdon “Grand Dame” watch. Patty is truly a Grand Dame of Aviation and an inspiration to many. A champion aerobatic pilot, she is one of few pilots ever to win the National Aerobatic championship three times and a winner of the International Aerobatic Championship. Wagstaff owns and operates an aerobatic school in St. Augustine, Florida, and continues to perform at airshows all over the world. The limited-edition Grand Dame watch is officially available for purchase. The Abingdon Company produces adventurous watches for Adventurous women.

“What makes you happy? Be it, own it, do it.  It will lead you to live your destiny,” expressed Wagstaff.

The watch is priced at $870 commemorating the 87th-anniversary maiden flight of the aircraft Grand Dame – the Douglas DC-3 – one of the most iconic and legendary planes of our time. Its maiden flight was on December 17, 1935. The DC-3 truly revolutionized air travel and its accomplishments in war and in peace are still celebrated today around the world where more than 100 DC-3s are still in operation.

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About Grand Dames of Aviation

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Grand Dames of Aviation (GDoA) is a group of accomplished women in professional aviation with a mission to help women believe, achieve and lead in aviation for the future innovation, viability, and safety of the industry. GDOA collaborates with seasoned professionals, partners, and loyal donors to give back through a dedicated scholarship, mentorship, and leadership networking programs. GDoA celebrates extraordinary achievements in aviation, educates through scholarships, and inspires through mentorship and networking. Cultivating the talent, innovation, and leadership of women is critical for the future of aviation and aerospace. With charitable funding, GDoA successfully recruits, retains, and advances women in the aviation industry. For more information about GDoA:

About Abingdon

Founded in 2006 and based in Las Vegas, Abingdon was realized during a roundtable conversation with energetic pilots and mechanics who expressed their desires for a fully functional aviator watch. Abingdon immediately became dedicated to developing top quality, fashionable, and versatile watches that meet the needs of all who do more. Abingdon watches are purpose-built and designed to withstand it all. All purchases benefit Abingdon Foundation, which supports women and girls in STEAM. For additional information, visit or follow along on Instagram and YouTube.


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