EAA WomenVenture Highlights Female Aviation Leaders

At EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was filled with inspiring activities highlighting women in various aviation roles. EAA WomenVenture is an annual event held in partnership with Women in Aviation International that aims to build camaraderie, celebrate the joy of aviation, and help build mentor relationships.

Wednesday’s show kicked off with the WAI Connect breakfast at the EAA PHP tent. The event highlighted two women who work for the Orbis Flying Hospital: Cyndi Berwyn, a captain of the Orbis MD-10, and Valerie Suberg, senior manager of aircraft maintenance. Berwyn and Suberg are both former FedEx employees who now support Orbis, and they shared touching stories from around the world from patients who, thanks to the flying eye hospital, were able to see for the first time in their lives. If you can’t come to Boeing Plaza to see the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital for yourself, you can tour the massive airplane here.

The EAA WomenVenture Power Lunch, held at the Theatre in the Woods, was hosted by Heather “Lucky” Penney, whose exceptional tenure in the US Air Force includes a renowned flight during the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. Penney introduced another extraordinary Air Force pilot—Colonel Allison Black of the US Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Black’s tenure included more than 2,000 combat hours in the AC-130H Spectre gunship and U-28A Draco. Black shared heart-pumping stories from her time in Afghanistan, where she became known as the “Angel of Death.”

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