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International Girls in Aviation Day

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - Girl Scout Maggie Vap is only in third grade, but she is already curious about a career in aviation. 

"I've been interested because when I heard Amelia Earhart was the first person to do it, I needed to learn some facts about this," said Vap.  

The museum of the Kansas National Guard invited 200 Girl Scouts to celebrate International Girls in Aviation Day, led by women in the field. 

Tammy Willits learned to love flying as a young girl. Both her father and step-father were pilots.  

"When aviation was new, men did not welcome women into the aviation world," said Willits. "They felt that it was their realm and that is was too dangerous for women to fly."  

Major Chelsee Thomas has always loved aviation. She is a KC-135 pilot in the Kansas National Guard. In this role, she refuels other aircrafts thousands of feet in the air. 

"I took a trip when I was in elementary school to Orlando and I was hooked after that," said Thomas. "Since then I've been trying to figure out how to get with airlines and then this unique opportunity with the guard and active duty flying military aircraft popped up." 

These two women inspire scouts like Maggie to learn more.

Using the virtual parachute simulator today gave her the perfect glimpse of a career like this.

"That the girl got a chance to fly a bunch of times and that really inspired me," said Vap. 

While she's still considering all her other career options, she still dreams of flying high. 


 
 


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