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WACO May Lecture Series - WWII Women in Aviation

Provided by WACO Air Museum

TROY - The Aviation Lecture Series has long been a favorite for many locals and those from surrounding areas.  This year the series has moved to the Hayner Center in downtown Troy to better accommodate the space needs of the program. 


   On Thursday, May 23rd, at 7:00 PM, The WACO Air Museum will present "Women in Aviation during World War II".  The program will be presented by WACO's own WWII historian, Bill Albers.  This presentation will cover the stories behind a number of women aviators who served their home countries during WWII.  When WWII broke out, many women felt a need to serve their country of birth.  You may have heard a story or two about American women pilots during the war, but Mr. Albers will cover much more! 


   In the US and Great Britain, it became a select group of female aviators ferrying every possible model of airplane from a factory to a base. The German Luftwaffe recruited female pilots to test new models of airplanes including the first jets. The Turkish Airforce had a highly decorated female bomber pilot.  The Soviet Airforce deployed women fighter pilots and other women to do night-time bombing runs. The so called “Night Witches”  harassed the Germans with their tactics.  Bill will share the history of each of these groups of amazing aviators during his presentation. 


   The lecture at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 W. Main Street in Troy and is handicap accessible via elevator from the main level.


   All aviation lectures are free and open to the public. Donations to the WACO Air Museum are gratefully accepted. Programs are scheduled to last one hour, beginning at 7 p.m., with questions to follow.   All lectures are sponsored in part by Collins Aerospace. 


   This will be the last lecture for the Spring 2024 season.  A new series will begin this fall.  For questions, please call 937-335-9226 or visit   

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