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Jet Age Museum aims to inspire next generation of engineers

Women who helped shape the aviation industry and armed forces will be championed this week with a special exhibition at Gloucestershire's Jet Age Museum.

The Staverton-based attraction aims not just to champion the many often unsung achievements but encourage young women to pursue careers in aviation.

A focus is on Amy Johnson's record breaking, terrifying solo flight from the UK to Australia in 1930. Amy lived in Stoke Orchard near Tewkesbury.

An 18 foot time-line will shows significant aviation events from 1903 to today's astronauts and an extensive exhibition will illustrates women's achievements in the armed forces and civilian life.

The highlight this week-end is the Innsworth Military Wives Choir which will be performing in the museum on Saturday May 18, 2019 at 11am and 1.45pm.

Sunday, May 19, is Engineers Day, so all budding engineers can talk about their aspirations to the professionals.

An impressive range of notable speakers will give presentations on a wide variety of aviation topics; Safaya Salter - Schneider Trophy Winner 1989, Alison Hodge - Women's Engineering Society, Cath Wain - ex Rotol, Diane Cuttell - GE Aviation, Flt Lt Victoria Turner RAF - Typhoon pilot, Fiona Macaskill - Paraglider: World Record holder, Rebecca Whalley - Cathay Pacific pilot, Ray Bunnage - RAFA and Captain Breeze AAC - Wildcat helicopter pilot with Army Air Corps.

The programme of speakers is available on the Jet Age Museum website.

The exhibition is open each week-end in May from 18th to 26th of the month, 10am to 4pm. No speakers on the Bank Holiday.

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