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Theater in the Woods to Celebrate Female Pilots

  • Theater in the Woods
    Photo by Amy Gesch

June 13, 2019 - Notable women in aviation will be featured in a special program at Theater in the Woods on Wednesday, July 24, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019. The theme is Celebrating Powerful Pilots, and it will cap off a day centered around EAA WomenVenture activities. As a highlight between the day and night air shows, Wednesday's Theater in the Woods programming will celebrate powerful female pilots from all walks of life, including military, airline, and civilian backgrounds, and continues a long EAA tradition of highlighting women in aviation.

The event will be moderated by retired Lt. Col. Olga Custodio, a former T-38 instructor who was the first female Hispanic military pilot in the U.S. Air Force and is now retired from American Airlines. Custodio is back for her second year as the moderator of the event.

Gen. Maryanne Miller, commander of Air Mobility Command and the first four-star general in the Air Force Reserve, will be a speaker during the evening's programming. Miller, who also spoke at Theater in the Woods last summer, is the first reservist to lead Air Mobility Command.

Also speaking during Wednesday evening's programming will be:

  • Dr. Eileen Bjorkman, the U.S. Air Force deputy director of Test and Evaluation and author of Propeller Under the Bed.
  • Col. Kim Campbell, a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and former A-10 pilot who survived an incident over Iraq in 2003 and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
  • Capt. Bebe O’Neil, a USAF Academy grad and United Airlines system chief pilot.
  • Capt. Lorraine Morris, a United Airlines check airman, captain on EAA’s B-17 Aluminum Overcast, and avid aircraft restorer.

The EAA WomenVenture Power Lunch will also take place at Theater in the Woods on July 24 at 11:30 a.m. The keynote speaker for the lunch will be U.S. Air Force Col. Kim "Killer Chick" Campbell.

For details on the full lineup of WomenVenture programming during AirVenture, visit EAA.org/womenventure. The Wednesday evening program will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 7:30 in conjunction with the start of the night air show.

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