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Australian Women Pilots’ Association to honour founder Nancy-Bird Walton

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 15, 2015
Nancy-Bird about to touch down. (Paul Sadler/Airservices Australia)
Qantas Airbus A380, VH-OQA, Nancy-Bird Walton, about to touch down. (Paul Sadler/Airservices Australia)

The NSW branch of the Australian Women’s Pilots’ Association (AWPA) is celebrating the career of Nancy-Bird Walton on what would have been the pioneer aviatrix’ 100th birthday.

The dinner is being held at Dolton House in Sydney on Friday October 16, a hundred years to the day from Walton’s birth in 1915.

Walton, who was the youngest Australian women to gain a pilot’s licence, founded the Australian Women’s Pilot’s Association in 1950 and was the AWPA’s first president.

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Her achievements were recognised with the naming of Qantas’s first Airbus A380, VH-OQA, in her honour. Walton, the first woman to gain a commercial pilot’s licence in Australia, was declared a national living treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1977.

Walton died on January 13 2009, aged 93.

Anyone wanting more information about the dinner can email the AWPA at: [email protected]

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3 Comments

  • adammudhen

    says:

    Surely Sydney’s new airport needs a name, I can’t think of someone more deserving. YNBW anyone?

  • Dane

    says:

    Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport has a better ring to it than Badgerys Creek. If Sydney airport is named after one of our aviation pioneers, surely another can’t hurt.

  • Big Al

    says:

    What a great idea Dane

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Australian Women Pilots’ Association to honour founder Nancy-Bird Walton

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 15, 2015
Nancy-Bird about to touch down. (Paul Sadler/Airservices Australia)
Qantas Airbus A380, VH-OQA, Nancy-Bird Walton, about to touch down. (Paul Sadler/Airservices Australia)

The NSW branch of the Australian Women’s Pilots’ Association (AWPA) is celebrating the career of Nancy-Bird Walton on what would have been the pioneer aviatrix’ 100th birthday.

The dinner is being held at Dolton House in Sydney on Friday October 16, a hundred years to the day from Walton’s birth in 1915.

Walton, who was the youngest Australian women to gain a pilot’s licence, founded the Australian Women’s Pilot’s Association in 1950 and was the AWPA’s first president.

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Her achievements were recognised with the naming of Qantas’s first Airbus A380, VH-OQA, in her honour. Walton, the first woman to gain a commercial pilot’s licence in Australia, was declared a national living treasure by the National Trust of Australia in 1977.

Walton died on January 13 2009, aged 93.

Anyone wanting more information about the dinner can email the AWPA at: [email protected]

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

3 Comments

  • adammudhen

    says:

    Surely Sydney’s new airport needs a name, I can’t think of someone more deserving. YNBW anyone?

  • Dane

    says:

    Nancy-Bird Walton International Airport has a better ring to it than Badgerys Creek. If Sydney airport is named after one of our aviation pioneers, surely another can’t hurt.

  • Big Al

    says:

    What a great idea Dane

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