Truckee-Tahoe Airshow: Celebrating Women in Aviation and Inspiring Future Pilots

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Updated: 7/14/2014 6:35 am
TRUCKEE, Cal. (KRNV & - While spectators were safe with two feet on the ground, all eyes were to the sky focusing on planes dancing across the Sierra landscape. The planes left visible trails, but also a hidden message.

"[To] show the little girls around here that hey you can grow up to be an astronaut, you can be a commercial pilot, you can be an engineer," says Tim LoDolce, Chairman for the Truckee-Tahoe Airshow.

The Truckee-Tahoe airshow 2014 theme honors ‘Women in Aviation’ and featured local female pilots who broke the altitude barrier:

Sandy Wiederkehr, who thought she wasn't pretty enough to be a stewardess, became a pilot in 1973 after becoming a mother. She was a parachutist in her early career, and was the stunt double for Bionic Woman. She and other female pioneers say it was a tough road, but the aviation world is a different place today.

“Really aviation and aerospace is wide open for women now as far as careers go,” says Pilot Patty Wagstaff. ”And it wasn't always like that it changed pretty quickly.”

Wagstaff, the show's honorary guest, went from a girl with a dream to the most decorated aerobatic pilot in American history.

So take it from these high-flying ladies, boys and girls, don't have to stay on the tarmac looking up, but can take their ambition to endless heights.

Free flights for kids from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) local chapter 1073 will take place on Sunday, July 13 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport’s EEA Building. An experience like this could change a child’s life, inspiring he or she to take on a life-long passion for aviation.

The flights are first come, first serve. Sign up in advance at the AirShow & Family Festival at the EAA building.

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