|Mary Feik (right), with WAI members on a tour of
Fantasy of Flight during the 2010 annual conference.
Mary S. Feik, WAI 53, has been named the 2014 honoree to be inducted into the Dr. Paul E. Garber First Flight Shrine located in the Museum and Visitors Center at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The induction ceremony, including the unveiling and presentation of a portrait of Mary will be held on December 17, 2014, with a celebration banquet held on December 16 in Kitty Hawk.
Mary is an aviation engineer, master mechanic, pilot, instructor, and aircraft restorer. She is credited with becoming the first woman engineer in research and development in the Air Technical Service Command's Engineering Division at Wright Field, Ohio.
A recipient of many aerospace honors, Mary was inducted into the Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame in 2004. On February 24, 1996, she received the Federal Aviation Administration's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award in recognition of her many outstanding contributions to aviation safety. The award requires the recipient to have actively worked as an aircraft mechanic for at least 50 years. Mary was the first woman to ever receive the award, named for the Wright Brothers mechanic and engineer. She also recently received the Katherine Wright reward for her achievements in aviation.
For more information on Mary's accomplishments, the award, and ceremony visit www.FirstFlight.org.