Heritage Museum salutes female aviators

Published May 11, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

With a nod to Mother’s Day, the Heritage Flight Museum at Bayview Airport opened its doors Saturday to an event spotlighting female aviators from the WWII era. Navy Lt. Slavomira Haywas and her son Taras (pictured) were among those in the audience for numerous fly-bys and a slide presentation about Cornelia Fort. Fort, who ultimately died in service as one of the first American female aviators, was a civilian flight instructor who was actually in the air when the first wave of Japanese aircraft hit U.S. Naval forces in Pearl Harbor. It was a fascinating day. More photos soon…

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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