30340 S.W. Boones Ferry Rd. / Wilsonville, OR, 97070
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Wilsonville Public Library, Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society and McMenamins History present…
5 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. eventFreeAll ages welcome
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Oregon women have been taking to the skies since the early days of aviation. In 1929, twenty women entered the first women's cross-country air race, including Oregonian Edith Foltz and Amelia Earhart. Later that year, 99 of the 117 women pilots at the time formed "The Ninety-Nines," for mutual support and the advancement of aviation. Amelia Earhart became the 99s' first president.
Learn about Amelia Earhart's visit to Oregon, the 99s who hosted her, and those who joined the group from the 1930s on. There is a rich legacy of achievement and contributions to aviation by Oregon women in the 99s. Debra Plymate, herself a 99 and native Oregonian, will relive the adventures of notable 99s, including:
• First Oregon 99, Edith Foltz• Tex Rankin students, Mary Riddle and Leah Hing• Taylorcraft pilot who flew nonstop Canada to Mexico in 1941, Evelyn Burlson• First female commercial helicopter pilot on the West Coast, Nancy Livingston• Bessie Halladay, 1930s travelling flight instructor• Hillsboro flight instructor and Aerocar Traffic Reporter, Ruth Wikander About the SpeakerDebra Plymate flies for personal fulfillment and is an aviation professional. She learned to fly at age 21 and became an air traffic controller. She spent the first third of her career assigned to Honolulu Center, then control towers and flight service stations (FSS) in Nevada and California. Later, she worked in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, and at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Debra returned to flight service at Leesburg FSS in Virginia, then retired from McMinnville FSS in Oregon.
Currently, Debra and her husband own and operate Nutsch Aviation, a fixed base operation (FBO) at Independence State Airport. She is a test proctor, a basic and instrument ground instructor, and a sport pilot flight instructor. Debra is also a Flying Companion Seminar presenter, a Young Eagle pilot, youth aviation mentor, and FAA Safety Team Representative. Remembering many teachers and mentors who made a difference in her life, Debra is dedicated to sharing her passion for flight with others.
These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.
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