Last week, the Brownsville-SPI International Airport held a ribbon cutting for the opening of a photography exhibit, “Women in Aviation and Space History.” This exhibit celebrates the accomplishments by women since the early days of aviation, to space exploration to recent commercial space flights. It consists of 35 images and will remain on display through January 22, 2022.
According to the Smithsonian website, National Air and Space visitors frequently ask, “where are the women pilots?” The answer is that they are in nearly every gallery of the museum at the Smithsonian.
Although women have flown since 1908, nearly all of them were restricted to general aviation – private planes, or support jobs (prior to the 1970s) – and the museum’s exhibits reflect those historical roles. However, women have now gained full access to military and commercial cockpits, as well as the Space Shuttle and aerospace technology, and as the Smithsonian updates old and creates new exhibits, they review and include the growing contributions of women throughout their museum.
Now they are bringing part of that history to this special exhibit in Brownsville.
The Exhibit is on the second floor of the airport. It is located at 700 Amelia Earhart Dr., in Brownsville.
You can learn more about women in aviation history at the Smithsonian website - https://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/women-aviation-and-space-history.
The exhibit is a project organized by the Consulate of Mexico in Brownsville in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport, City of Brownsville, the Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA), the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and the Direccion Ejecutiva de Diplomacia Cultural de Mexico.