African Americans in Aviation & Aerospace
February 22, 2014
2014 Induction Ceremonies: Discovery Through Flight
June 13 - 14, 2014
This celebration had a particular focus on “Women of Discovery,” honoring the 29 women astronauts who flew on Shuttle Discovery during her 39 missions. The 2014 distinguished speaker was Sandy Magnus, the Executive Director of American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in Reston, Virginia. She is also a veteran of four space shuttle flights and an expedition on board the International Space Station.
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2017 Induction Ceremony: Flying, Forests, and the Future
June 16-17, 2017
This year’s theme focused on “Flying, Forests and the Future,” emphasizing contributions of young people to all aspects of aviation and aerospace. The keynote address was delivered by CAPT Barrington Irving. LT La'Shanda Holmes, USCG, also spoke.
2019 Annual Celebration September 20-21
will honor Discovery through Flight.
2020 Annual Celebration September 18-19 will feature Flying for Green Space, Irrigation, etc.
2021 Annual Celebration September 20-21 will focus on the International Year.
2015 Induction Ceremonies: Forests and Flying
June 19 - 20, 2015
In 2015, we honored foresters who fly, smoke jumpers, pilots and operators of fire tankers, those who have contributed to remote sensing of ecosystems and habitat monitoring, precision agriculture, etc. Our distinguished speaker was Dr. Greg Asner, Principal Investigator at Carnegie Airborne Observatory. Read his bio here, or watch his cool Ted Talk here.
International Forest of Friendship
Celebrating Women in Aviation and Space
March 15, 2014
2016 Induction Ceremony: World Friendship through Flight
June 17 - 18, 2016
This event honored the Forest's overall theme of World Friendship through Flight, including spaceflight and the increasing use of unmanned vehicles and remote sensing to address problems across borders. We honored the U.S. Coast Guard on the 100th anniversary of Coast Guard Aviation, and also celebrated our international friends and expanded our partnerships. Our distinguished speaker was to have been Capt. Barry Schiff, known for his "Operation Peace Flight," but he was unable to attend at the last minute. The keynote address was delivered by Ms. Tracey Tomme, Vice President of Education of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, who spoke eloquently about the Kansas Cosmosphere's attractions, exploration activities and learning programs.