Women in Naval Aviation Exhibit Opens
The National Naval Aviation Museum will unveil 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 new 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.
Navy Captain Henry J. Hendrix, PhD, the Director of Naval History, will formally open the exhibit. Museum Director, retired Navy Captain Bob Rasmussen, will be available for comments along with pioneering female naval aviators and female active duty personnel who participated in the exhibit through interviews or the donation of artifacts.