International group of women aviators share flight experiences from seven continents
SEATTLE, Feb. 23, 2010--WomenFly! is The Museum of Flight's annual Women's History Month event. This year on March 6 an international panel of women pilots will share their exciting experiences in the world of aviation. This year's panel includes distinguished women pilots from almost every continent. Their experiences include flights in the Australian outback, Alaskan wilderness, Antarctic slopes, African plains and the urban landscapes of Europe, Japan, South Africa and the United States. The program is at 2 p.m. in the William M. Allen Theater, and is free with admission to the Museum.
The following panelists are scheduled to appear:
Michelle Bassanesi (Italy) Bassanesi is the founder of Aviation and Women in Europe,  She is a flight instructor with experience flying paragliders, hang gliders and airplanes.
Kajuju Laiboni (Kenya) Co-founder of Women Aviators in Africa,
Refilwe Ledwaba (South Africa) A co-founder of Women Aviators in Africa, in 2006 Ledwaba became the first black woman helicopter pilot for the South African Police Service Air Wing. For more information please see:
Harumi Sato (Japan) Sato is a flight instructor and has flown as a commercial pilot in the United States and as an airline pilot in Japan.
Fran West (Australia) West is the first woman pilot to circumnavigate mainland Australia in a light aircraft. She is also an author, photographer and motivational speaker. For more information please see:
Capt. Jennie Steldt (United States) Steldt is a United States Air Force pilot who flew the first C-17 Globemaster airdrop on Antarctica.
Lt. Karina Miranda (Chile) Miranda is a fighter pilot in the Chilean Air Force.
The panelists will return for a public program on Saturday, March 6 at 2 p.m. Program is free with Museum admission.
Media please contact the Museum public relations office for detailed program presenter information, contacts and interview opportunities. 

Harumi Sato photo.
Refilwe Ledwaba photo.
Fran West photo.
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