Pioneer Hall of Fame

The WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to honor women who have made significant contributions as record setters, pioneers, or innovators. Special consideration is given to individuals or groups who have helped other women be successful in aviation or opened doors of opportunity for other women. WAI solicits nominations from members of women throughout the aviation industry for induction to the WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame.

Congratulations to the 2023 inductees: Nancy Bird, Martha and John King, Col. Merryl Tengesdal USAF (ret.). These trailblazers will be honored at the 34th Annual Women in Aviation International Conference during a ceremony and celebration dinner at the Long Beach Convention Center on Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 6-8 p.m. 

Nominations for the 2024 WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame will be accepted beginning in spring 2023.

Email pioneers@wai.org with questions. 

Pioneer Hall of Fame Nomination Process

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