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"Preserving Traditions and Rediscovering the Fascination of Passenger Flight"

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Message from Bernhard Conrad,

Chairman of GAAHF

Dear Friends and Supporters:

This month I am very pleased to share with you the special features and great contributions of pioneering women in our storied aviation history.   Since 1910, thousands of women around the world have earned their pilot's licenses.  Many more have contributed in extraordinary ways--from engineering, design and instruction--to promote and propel aviation into the future.  Their determination, dedication and distinguished heritage can inspire us all.  

In the words of Amelia Earhart when asked why she loved to fly:  "My ambition is to have this wonderful gift produce practical results for the future of commercial flying and to inspire the women who may want to fly tomorrow's planes." 

May you continue to be inspired as celebrate our joint heritage and rediscover the fascination of flight! 

Warm Regards and Best Wishes,
Bernhard Conrad
Chairman of German American Aviation Heritage Foundation
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"The Flying Fräulein"
A story by Wolfgang Borgmann
Paul Bäumer and Thea Rasche have two things in common: They were two of the most famous German aviators in the 1920’s – and their once shining names have almost been forgotten.
Thea Rasche decided in her early twenties that she would devote all her talent and money to become one of the first female pilots in the World. In the era of pioneers, when fearless men were struggling to keep their humble flying machines in the air, Rasche’s desire to conquer the sky seemed unimaginable to most people of her time.
Paul Bäumer, himself a flying ace of WWI, established Bäumer Aero, a little aircraft manufacturing firm and flying school in 1922 at Hamburg Airport. When Thea and Paul met two years later for the very first time at the famous Wasserkuppe gliding field, Bäumer immediately realized her flying talent. Thea Rasche moved to Hamburg where she learned to fly biplanes under his supervision. In January 1925 she received her flying certificate as the first German female pilot, soon to be followed by her aerobatic license – again as the first German aviatrix. 
Global Fame

In 1927 Thea Rasche moved to the USA where she toured with her own Udet U12 “Flamingo” biplane across the country. Quickly known as “The Flying Fräulein”, she was invited by the legendary Amelia Earhart in 1929 to join the prestigious aviatrix association “The Ninety-Nines”. In 1934, Thea Rasche had just started to work as an aviation journalist in Germany, when she heard of the planned MacRobertson air race between Great Britain and Australia. This flying competition was created with the intention to promote peace and international understanding. Due to her excellent connections Rasche managed to participate as a flying reporter and passenger on board the Douglas DC-2 “Uiver” of the Dutch airline KLM.

Her reports, sent to the newspapers on all five continents during the many stopovers en route, brought her worldwide fame and popularity. After the arrival in Australia, Rasche travelled to the USA where she was frantically celebrated as if she had piloted the DC-2 herself. Her name was heard in high places and was even invited to the White House by the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt!

After returning home to Germany, she paid a high price for her dedication to international understanding and peace, by losing her job as chief editor of an aviation magazine, by order of the Nazi regime. Thea Rasche refused to collaborate in any way with the regime – either as a journalist or pilot. After 1945 Thea Rasche worked as a photographer and sales person for the chemical industry. She died in 1971 at the age of 71, impoverished and forgotten by many.

Brave and Bold:
A Pioneer for Women of Flight

History of Bessie Coleman
In 1922, aviator Bessie Coleman became the first African American woman to stage a public flight in America. Her high-flying skills always wowed her audience.  Bessie Coleman was the first black woman to earn a pilot's license. Because flying schools in the United States denied her entry, she taught herself French and moved to France, earning her license from France's well-known Caudron Brother's School of Aviation in just seven months. Coleman specialized in stunt flying and parachuting, earning a living barnstorming and performing aerial tricks. She remains a pioneer of women in the field of aviation.

If I can create the minimum of my plans and desires, there shall be no regrets.

~Bessie Coleman
 "Queen Bessie," as she was known was a highly popular draw for many years as she traveled around, sharing her great love of aviation. 
People. Partnerships. Passion.
GAAHF Advisory Council 
Jodie Moxley is currently the Director of Government Affairs for Airbus and answered a few questions on her passion for aviation and what it means to be a woman in this field. 

What inspired you most to seek a career in the aviation industry?
The first time I thought about aviation/space was after reading a biography of Maria Mitchell for a book report in 3rd grade. Her story about becoming the first professional woman astronomer was fascinating to me, as well as discovering a comet which was named after her! That book report made me realize that you can make your own career. It didn’t matter that it hadn’t been done before.
However, as I started thinking about my future, I didn’t see aviation as a lucrative career possibility. I grew up in a small town and the closest thing I associated with aviation was either being a pilot or getting on a plane to travel. Luckily, my cousin was a travel agent and would send me post cards from all the faraway places she would visit. Her adventures made me want to travel. Those experiences opened my eyes to so many career possibilities so that when I was offered the job at Airbus 13 years ago, I jumped at the chance of being able to work for such an iconic aircraft company.
How important is it to be a woman in the field of aviation?
Being a woman in aviation is unique. There are many times when I’m in a meeting and am the only woman in the room. It’s important to be in that room though because that is how diversity in thinking keeps companies sharp and competitive. When employees come together to make decisions from different backgrounds, studies have shown those companies are more profitable. It is one of the reasons I spearheaded the U.S. chapter of the Balance for Business initiative at Airbus in 2015. Currently, I’m the Ambassador for North America and work with my colleagues worldwide to grow diversity at Airbus. We look at recruiting, hiring practices, as well as the recognition and development of women across the company in every division.

Do you see a lot of passion in young women who are interested in aviation? 
I see passion in women in aviation of every age. We have three things in common. We are passionate, driven and encouraging to one another. Some of my closest friends I have met through my career in aviation. We strive to see each other succeed. 

STEM + Arts
Educating for a Stronger Future

Fascinating Fact: Did you know that a Boeing 747 is made up of six million parts? It's not magic, it is STEM+Arts!

Innovation and legacy in aviation are tightly intertwined.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) + Arts is transforming our world.  At GAAHF, we hope to motivate future aviators to explore aviation and
aerospace.  Share your story of STEM+Arts and how it has inspired you! 

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education Coalition represents the broadest and most unified voice in advocating for policies to improve STEM education at all levels.   It is a central mission of our Coalition to inform federal policymakers on STEM issues and serve as an advocate for the critical role that STEM education plays in U.S. competitiveness and future economic prosperity.
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