Women in Aviation, the Ninety-Nines Carol Foy, World Speed Record Holder

In December 2008, after 18 months of planning, pilots Carol Foy and CarolAnn Garratt set out from Florida’s Orlando International Airport in a small, single engine airplane and flew westbound around the world. Garratt, who flew around the world in 2003 and again in 2008 with Foy, wanted to raise awareness and donations for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). They arrived back in Orlando 8 days, 12 hours and 20 minutes later.

The 2008 flight was certified as the U.S. record by the National Aeronautics Association and as the International Record by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. Carol’s lecture will not only look at the inspiration and logistics of the trip, but also what it is like to share a small cockpit to 158 hours, leaving the plane only 8 times.

Following her presentation, Carol will join a panel of local female pilots, who will share their stories of piloting their own planes over the last 60 years. Several of the women are members of Amelia Earhart’s organization of female pilots – the Ninety-Nines. This group was formed in 1929 when Amelia announced an organizational meeting of female pilots at her home in New York – 99 women attended.

The event will take place:
Wednesday October 5 FREE ($10 donation for ALS suggested)
1:00pm – 1:45pm presentation
2:00-2:30pm panel discussion