This week I had the opportunity to participate in multiple events for Women of Aviation World Wide week! This annual event aims to encourage more young women to consider careers in aviation. Local airports host “Girls Fly Too” events, where young women who have never flown in a small plane are taken up on a flight by volunteer pilots.
While speaking at an event in Oshawa on the weekend, I met two amazing pilots under the age of 30 – Lieutenant Lauren Armstrong and Captain Elizabeth Crosier.
These women are two of three female pilots in the Canadian Forces 429 Transport Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. They pilot the CC-177 Globemaster III, the Canadian Forces’ largest cargo aircraft and have flown all over Europe, to Kuwait, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Iceland, and Hawaii. Captain Crosier was also the first woman to fly this aircraft, at the age of 25!
Their office is the flight deck of a C-17; their view, the world. These women trained at the Royal Military College (RMC) of Canada in Kingston. After RMC, they moved around the country as they progressed with flight training, earning their ‘Wings’ for multi-engine aircraft.
Both were inspired at a young age. Elizabeth having attended air shows with her father (also in the military) with the opportunity to meet an all-female team. Lauren having gone on her first flight at a young age and declaring that flying was for her. Both are an inspiration and role models for young women to pursue challenging and rewarding careers in aviation and aerospace.