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Susan DusenburySusan Dusenbury
Susan Dusenbury of Walnut Cove, North Carolina, a longtime vintage aircraft enthusiast and Vintage Aircraft Association member and chapter leader, was named VAA’s president in February 2017.
Dusenbury began flying at the age of 15 on a private airport (Overton Field) located near her shared hometowns of Andrews and Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, and earned her private pilot certificate during her senior year in high school. She is a graduate of Francis Marion University with a degree in accounting and business administration. While in college, Dusenbury also earned her commercial, multi-engine, instrument, and flight instructor certificates. She also holds an associate degree in aviation maintenance technology.
Dusenbury is a longtime EAA and VAA member and volunteer and is president of the Carolinas - Virginia Antique Airplane Foundation (EAA Vintage Chapter 3). She served on the national EAA board of directors as a volunteer director for 20 years, and recently retired from ABX Air (formally Airborne Freight Corporation) after flying 25 years of night freight. She has owned and/or restored several vintage airplanes, including an Aeronca 7AC Champ, a Luscombe 8A, an Inland Sport, a KR-21, and a Culver Cadet. She now owns and flies a 1953 Cessna 180 and a 1937 Taylor J-2 Cub from her farm in North Carolina and is currently restoring a 1935 Stinson SR-6 Reliant.