Women in aviation and space honored in photo exhibition


HARLINGEN, Texas (ValleyCentral) — March is Women’s History Month and Valley International Airport in Harlingen is hosting a new exhibit honoring women in the history of aviation and space exploration.

The exhibit is a collaboration between the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the Mexican Consulate in Brownsville, the Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA), the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, and Valley International Airport.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday to celebrate the first day of the expo.

“We are truly honored to feature these incredible women in aviation and space history,” Valley International Airport Director of Aviation Marv Esterly said.

Passengers traveling through the airport will be able to see the exhibition located in front of Gate 3.

The exhibition consists of 35 photos of pioneering women in the aviation industry and space exploration.

“The photos are amazing, from years and years ago to recently,” Esterly said.

Some familiar faces from history can be seen at the exhibit, such as Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean.

“Some Mexican pilots, female pilots, were already famous at the Smithsonian Museum,” said Mexican Consulate in Brownsville Juan Carlos Cue.

Diana Gonzalez directs cultural and economic affairs at the Mexican Consulate in Brownsville and sits on the board of the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art and communicated with the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and others for the exhibit.

“It was a great collaboration with them. They allowed us to print these photos,” Gonzalez said.

She said the exhibit will be on display from March 15 to May 15, 2022 and is only available to passengers traveling through Valley International Airport.

The collaborators all hope that the exhibition will bring encouragement and comfort to anyone interested in the aviation and space exploration industry.

“I hope many children or teenagers can see this and they can see that they will be able to fly in the future,” Consul Cue said.

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