OB Historical Society Presents: ‘Angels at 7 o’clock’ – San Diego’s Pioneer Female Aviators

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in California, Culture, History, San Diego, Women's Rights

OB Historical Society Presents:

 “Angels at 7 o’ clock” –  San Diego’s Pioneer Female Aviators

By California State Parks Historian Alexander D. Bevil

Thurs., Aug. 16th, at 7 PM

P.L. United Methodist Church,

1984 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., O.B.

San Diego has played an important role in American aviation history. Indeed, some of the earliest attempts at controlled flight have occurring here.

While most historians recognize the pioneering work of Montgomery, Curtis, Ryan, and Lindbergh, most ignored the role women played in San Diego’s aviation history.

Alex Bevil – the California State Parks Historian – will focus on the untold story of San Diego’s female aviators within the broader context of the history of women’s aviation.

Faced with gender bias, ridicule, and sometimes even outright sabotage, these “First Ladies of Flight,” whether they realized it or not, were pioneer feminists. All possessed a single-mined determination to fly, often paying the ultimate price for their efforts.

Ironically, Alex’s presentation will be held less than two miles from the forgotten crash site of one of these brave women, whose crashed aircraft was described coldly as “a pile of lumber.”

Come join the OB Historical Society and friends on Thursday. See the OBHS website.


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