Speaker Session - Pat Valdata

Convention Center Room 202A Friday, February 19, 2022 11:00 am - 11:45 am

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Pat Valdata

TOPIC: “Moments Aloft:The First Women Glider Pilots”

A five-hour duration flight was just a dream for any glider pilot when Geneve Schaffer, Maxine Dunlap, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh first flew gliders. Pat Valdata will discuss these pioneers of gliding and other women who achieved firsts in aviation, including the first woman to solo a hot air balloon and the woman who flew a powered aircraft months before the Wright Brothers.

Pat Valdata is a founding member of the Atlantic Soaring Club in Churchville, Maryland, and the Women Soaring Pilots Association (WSPA). An adjunct associate professor of English at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Valdata won the 2015 Donald Justice Prize for her book about women aviation pioneers, titled Where No Man Can Touch. She is also the author of Crosswind, a novel about soaring. Her work has been published in Soaring, Aviation for Women, and other publications.