• 8th Annual Women Fly! Event Continues with "Pioneering Women in Aerospace"

8th Annual Women Fly! Event Continues with "Pioneering Women in Aerospace"

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Women's History Month and day-two of the Museum's 8th Annual WomenFly! event continue with "Pushing the Envelope: Pioneering Women in Aersopace," a multi-generational panel of women sharing experiences dating from the Second World War to today's exploration of the planets: Dawn Seymour flew B-17 bombers, Georgie Bright Kunkel helped build them; Kimberly Scott flies Air Force transport planes and airliners, Caroline Chouinard "drives" a little robot on Mars. The program is on March 14 at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater. The event is free with admission to the Museum or Museum membership.


The panelists:
Dawn Seymour
Dawn Seymour was the first woman accepted into the Civilian Pilot Training Program (CPTP) at Cornell University. As a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II she flew gunnery training missions in B-17 bombers, and copiloted B-26 bombers towing aerial targets.
 
Georgie Bright Kunkel
Seattle-native Georgie Bright Kunkel was one of many "Rosie the Riveters" who helped build military aircraft during World War II. 88-year-old Kunkel earned a master's in education at the University of Washington, had a career as a teacher and is the author of Color Me Feminist. She is a columnist for the West Seattle Herald, and a speaker on women's issues and the Holocaust. She also likes to perform on "open mike nights." Kimberly Scott
Kimberly Scott is a first officer in Boeing 737s with Alaska Airlines. Maj. Scott flies C-17 transports as a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a member of the 446 Airlift Wing, McChord Air Force Base, Wash. Scott has served a total of 19 years in the USAF and USAFR, and has flown C-17s and the KC-135 Stratotankers in support of combat operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Caroline Chouinard
Caroline Chouinard is a member of the Planning and Sequencing Systems Group at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. She was part of the all-women team that "drove" NASA's Spirit rover on Mars, and currently works in mission operations on the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn.

Media please contact the Museum public relations office for detailed program presenter information, contacts and interview opportunities.