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Local female students glimpse opportunities awaiting them in aviation

Nov 01, 2019 01:55PM ● By Ed Helmick

Twenty young women from the Nebo School District’s Advanced Learning Center were flown by Delta Air Lines from Salt Lake to the NASA Space Center in Houston on Oct. 5.

The local high school students and their escorts were part of 120 young women and escorts from school districts in Utah.

The purpose of the trip was to inspire women to become aviators and aerospace engineers.

It was an all-day, all female flight from initial planning, the flight and ground crew to women in the control tower according to a Delta Air Lines company news release.

This was the fifth annual event titled WING Flight – Women Inspiring our Next Generation and the first one to originate out of Salt Lake.

The girls left ALC in Salem at 4:40 a.m. for a 6 a.m. departure at the Salt Lake International Airport and flew to Ellington Air Force Base adjacent to the NASA Space Center.

Once on the ground the ground the students, according to Delta Air Lines “experienced the worlds of flight and human space exploration.” The highlight was touring NASA Mission Control Center and a very inspiring lunch with Jeanette Epps, NASA astronaut and aerospace engineer. The flight returned to Salt Lake about 10 p.m. and no one was complaining about the long day. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)