Historic Lecture Series

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2014 Historic Lecture Series

All lectures take place on-site and begin at 7:00 PM.

Lectures are free, donations are appreciated and light refreshments are provided.


May 8th          Janis Keown-Blackburn

Did you know that only 5% of airline pilots are female? Ms. Blackburn worked as a commercial pilot for 36 years. In retirement, she has authored an aviation-themed children’s book. Join us to hear about her fascinating, trail-blazing career.


May 15th        Maybelle Thomas & George Capua

Ms. Thomas worked at the Grumman factory in Trenton, NJ during WWII, making her a real-life Rosie the Riveter! Her nephew, Mr. Capua, worked at the same facility during the development of the Lunar module. They will share their experiences, shedding new light on NASW’s collection.


May 22nd       Andrew Schiavello, President of Honor Flight Philadelphia

                        Honor Flights take on the mission of escorting WWII veterans to Washington, DC to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall. Mr. Schiavello founded the Philadelphia hub of the organization, and he will talk about his continuing efforts to honor veterans and share his passion for WWII history.


 May 29th        Bee Haydu, Women Air Service Pilot (WASP)

Ms. Haydu served as a Women Air Service Pilot in 1944. The WASP were the first women to fly military airplanes for the Army Air Force in WWII. She was stationed at Pecos Army Airfield, Pecos, Texas. Later in life, she led the fight in Congress to recognize the WASP as veterans of WWII.



Lillian Lorraine Yonally WW II WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilot) pictured with Bruce Fournier, COO, at a previous lecture.



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NASW Aviation Museum

500 Forrestal Road
Cape May Airport
Rio Grande, NJ 08242
(609) 886-8787

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