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St Paul, MN Aviation Inspiration Day Welcomes 250

Girls With Wings Hopes To Expand The Event To Other Cities

The first annual Girls With Wings Aviation Inspiration Day drew over 250 people to Flemming Field in South St. Paul, MN, Saturday, where they participated in activities such as tours of the CAF museum with rides on WWII aircraft and vehicles, aircraft static displays, a free lunch courtesy of airplane float manufacturer Wipaire, and much more. The event was held in conjunction with the Commemorative Air Force.

The highlight of the day’s event were four sessions of up to thirty girls of the Girls With Wings presentation, an interactive lesson on “everything” a girl needs to know to be a pilot. Although this popular presentation has been given to over 3000 girls, this is the first time the presentation has been followed by actual airplane rides where the girls can take the controls. A "Young Eagles" pilot from EAA Chapter 1229 said "it was the first time that I saw the majority of the girls not there just because they were dragged along with a brother. It was great to see such self-confidence in the girls." The organization would like to especially thank the Fleming Field Airport Association and Dave Sniadak of Axiom Marketing for their support and promotion of the event. And because of the overwhelming response of the adults, like Leslie Snow, who wrote us to say, “My granddaughter keeps telling me that she is going to remember that day for the rest of her life,” they say they intend to look for opportunities around the country to repeat this event.

Girls With Wings, Inc., uses women who are involved in aviation to inspire girls to achieve their full potential. Website activities and inspirational stories of women in various fields of aviation motivate girls to pursue their own skyward adventures. Fundraising for outreach activities is done through the sales of Girls With Wings merchandise designed to let everyone know “Yes, Girls Can Fly!”

FMI: www.girlswithwings.com

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