March winds kept the Idaho 99s from flying the scheduled Glenns Ferry trip on March 11, 2023. The March Spirit of Flight museum event honoring women pilots was a great alternate. Tracey and Gordon Page brought their museum from Colorado to Nampa last year and are in the process of setting up displays and consolidating aircraft from Bremerton to grow the museum.
For March, they honored the WASPs and women aviators. Tracey has a special connection to the WASPs through her great aunt, Mary Elizabeth Trebing, one of the 38 that were lost in service. Tracey and Gordon collected signatures of WASP members at Oshkosh, Avenger Field, and a WWII dance near Boulder, Colorado, on a cloth block that became the center of a quilt dedicated to the WASPS who served in 1943 and 1944. Tracey also creates collages with photos and narratives of women aviators and notable pilots such as Nancy Harkness Love, Jackie Cochrane, Bessie Coleman, Betty Skelton, and Amelia Earhart.
The museum collection includes the third of three life-size bronze statutes of Amelia Earhart. Amelia was the hero of a woman named Kitty Hawk who contacted the artist and had one made for her garden in the Seattle area. Through friends, the statue was donated to the Spirit of Flight museum when Kitty passed. The two other statutes are in Kansas, one at the Amelia Earhart museum and the other at her birth home.
Attending were Mimi, Karin, Jodi, Tawny, Bobbie, Sam, Cheryl and Jamie and her daughter.
Spirit of Flight Foundation, 201 Pilatus Lane, Nampa, Idaho