Patty Wagstaff AirShows Inc.
National Aviation Hall
of Fame Inductee
Photography: Jim Barrett
Anyone can do what? Win the U.S. National
Aerobatic Championship three times?
Have their airplane enshrined in the Air
& Space Museum? Be inducted into the
Aviation Hall of Fame? Actually, Patty
Wagstaff is talking about something more
basic and far more important as far as
she is concerned. It’s a theme she con-
stantly repeats, especially to other women.
“Aviation changed my life dramatically
from the day I first soloed. It gave me the
confidence in myself that I needed to face
life’s challenges and helped me attain my
personal and professional goals.”
brains and blinding white teeth. She says,
“When I tell people, ‘If I can do it, you
can do it,’ it’s true. I’m not any different
than a lot of people. People will ask me if it’s
too late to learn to fly. No it’s not. You’ll be a
lot better at it.”
She reads FLYING every month
What Sets Her Apart Brings Us
There’s something else that Patty has in
common with most women in aviation.
She reads FLYING every month, so should
you. “I always tell people to read FLYING.
I’ve learned a ton from it over the years and I
still learn from every issue.”
Learning To Fly Is Learning
Most people who don’t fly believe it’s
something that only a select few can do.
Superhumans with laser vision, Einstein
You may look at Patty and think she’s one
in a million, but the point is that all women
in aviation are like Patty. You don’t have
to fly for a living to be crazy about it. You
don’t have to be well-known to feel that
aviation makes you different from the rest
of the world. “What’s so neat about it is
there’s room for everyone to create her
own niche. It attracts women with energy