The National Naval Aviation Museum unveiled a new exhibit that chronicles the history of women in naval aviation at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 21. The first women in naval aviation were World War I “yeomanettes” who performed administrative duties in Washington D.C. and naval facilities around the country. The official name of the new exhibit, “From Typewriters to Strike Fighters”, commemorates the path of women in naval service from the “yeomanettes” in 1917 to those women serving on the front lines today.
The exhibit is a dynamic multimedia presentation featuring historic images, personal interviews and artifacts that chronicle the history of women in naval aviation. The centerpiece is a multi-screen video wall with excerpts of inspiring interviews of female naval aviators including the current Chief of Navy Reserve, members of the first all-female Navy E-2 Hawkeye combat crew, an Operation Iraqi Freedom Navy helicopter pilot, a Coast Guard search and rescue pilot, and the first female aviator to carrier qualify in a jet aircraft.
For more information and registration, call the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation at (800) 327-5002 or (850) 453-2389, or online at www.NavalAviationMuseum.org.