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Pioneering F-16 pilot is featured November speaker at EAA Aviation Museum

Sharon Preszler was first woman to fly F-16 combat missions

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (October 27, 2021) — EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (October 27, 2021) — Sharon Preszler, the first woman to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet in combat and later became the first woman to be an instructor in the aircraft, will be the featured speaker at the EAA Aviation Museum’s Aviation Adventure Speaker Series on Thursday, November 18.

Preszler’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. on November 18 in the museum’s Founders’ Wing. Admission is free for EAA members and just $5 for nonmembers.

During her 20-plus years of service in the U.S. Air Force, Preszler was also a navigator, piloted a Lear Jet, and spent time in North American Aerospace Defense Command writing homeland defense plans after the terrorist attacks on 9/11 that are still in use today.

Preszler is appearing in place of F-16 pilot Christina Hopper, whose originally scheduled presentation has been postponed due to a schedule conflict.

Other upcoming public events through December 31 at the EAA Aviation Museum include:

  • Thursday, November 4 – Skyscape Theater Royale movie series: When We Were Apollo, 6:30 p.m. A look back at the 400,000 people who made it possible for 12 humans to walk on the moon from 1969 through 1972. Admission free for EAA members, $5 for nonmembers.
  • Thursday, December 2 – Skyscape Theater Royale movie series: Spitfire, 6:30 p.m. Produced in commemoration of the Royal Air Force's centenary, the history of the Spitfire airplane and the fighter pilots who helped win World War II's Battle of Britain is explored.. Admission free for EAA members, $5 for nonmembers.
  • Saturday, December 4 – Christmas in the Air. EAA’s annual free open house and thank-you to the community, featuring local musicians and school groups, holiday decorations, and a visit from Santa.
  • Friday, December 17 – Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet. Four-time space shuttle astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson is the featured speaker as EAA honors the 118th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first successful powered flights. Tickets are limited and available at EAA.org/WrightBrothers.

About EAA Aviation Museum
The EAA Aviation Museum is located just off Interstate 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA Aviation Museum at (920) 426-4818 or visit www.EAA.org/museum.

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