Aviation for Girls


Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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Dr. Ellen Stofan went to see her first rocket launch when she was just 4 years old. She studied to be a geologist and planetary scientist focusing on Venus, Saturn's moon Titan, Earth, and Mars. She recently became the first female director of the Smithsonian Institute's Air and Space Museum after serving as NASA's chief scientist. In Libby Jackson's Galaxy Girls book, Ellen says, "When you push—that's when you get your leaps forward." Melanie Astles is the first woman to compete in a famous air race called the Red Bull Air Race. The race will take place in Cannes, France, very close to where Melanie grew up. She worked very hard to save money for flying lessons. "If you really want something, if you feel you have a talent, go for it," Melanie says. "Obstacles will be in your way, but if you look at my own experience, they can be broken down with work and determination. Never, ever, give up—and keep smiling." Taylor Peeff has had a dream to be a pilot since she was 4 years old. Her wish came true at age 10, when UPS delivered a surprise as part of its "Wishes Delivered" campaign. Last fall, Taylor visited UPS' large air hub in Louisville, Kentucky, wearing her own UPS pilot uniform, and toured the cockpit of a jet, rode in a simulator, and took the controls of an aircraft for the first time during a flight. Watch the video at WishesDelivered.ups.com/girl-pilot/ MEET AVIATION LEADING LADIES © Christopher Miller 24

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