uNo Maverick Chapter members
(left to right) Lulu-A-Ferdous, Jacob
Krause and Angela Burgett at the local
premiere of the movie Red Tails,
standing in front of a model of the
p-51 Mustang, flown by the tuskegee
pilots in their missions.
uNo MAVerICK ChApter
On January 12, 2012, the UNO Maverick Chapter hosted two pre-release documentary showings of Double Victory, about the famous Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee
Airmen trained and flew in WWII with outstanding distinction despite racial discrimination and tremendous odds. Attendees included faculty, staff, and students
from across campus and personnel from nearby Offutt Air Force Base.
Later in January, the Chapter members attended the premiere of the new Red
Tails movie at the Aksarben Theater. Chapter members had the rare opportunity to
talk to three of the original Tuskegee Airmen from Nebraska: Lt Col (ret) paul Adams,
Cpl. robert D. holts, and LtCol (ret) Charles A. Lane, Jr., and thank them for their service
to the country.
UNO Maverick Chapter members toured the Strategic Air and Space Museum lo-
cated in Ashland, Nebraska. The members had a guided tour around the museum’s
displays and learned about the various aircraft used during WWII, the history of
aerial combat, space exploration, nuclear missiles, and space vehicles. ✈
Fort LAuDerDALe ChApter
In January, the Fort Lauderdale Chapter was greeted with a lovely star-filled night at the Broward College
( BC) Aviation Department. They were
all warmly embraced by both BC aviation students and staff eager to hear
about WAI membership.
President Melissa Grabiec (WAI
#45778) opened the meeting by intro-
ducing herself and discussing the pur-
pose of WAI. After sharing the benefits
of both WAI and Chapter membership,
she turned the time over to Vice-Pres-
ident Jessianna Bartier (WAI #11965).
Bartier shared her background in
aviation, then segued into WAI’s his-
tory. She asked the attending stu-
dent and staff members to introduce
themselves and share why they were
there—what they hoped WAI could
provide. Then time was turned over
to each and every board member to
introduce themselves and explain
how WAI had impacted their lives.
The group heard from Chapter Sec-
retary sharon Dreesen (WAI #45945),
Membership Chairman Michele os-
bourne (WAI #46011), Treasurer Karen
Anderson (WAI #41605), and Outreach
Chair Virginia Knudsen (WAI #46000).
Fort LauderdaLe Chapter
The Chapter’s next activity was the
Fly Girls! Aviation Day for Girl Scouts
of Southeast Florida. On March 3, 2012,
at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
(FXE) 23 eager girls in grades four
through seven, as well as several parents and troop leaders from Plantation,
Coral Springs, and Stuart, filled the
FXE Board Room. The Fort Lauderdale
Chapter had many aviation treasures in
store for the inquisitive girls.
Melissa Grabiec introduced the Fort
Lauderdale Chapter members and
then launched into Women Flying Sky
High which was a brief Powerpoint
history of women in aviation.
Next, Virginia Knudsen took over
command of the Paper Airplanes and
Weather module. After a short break
Leandra and Jessianna Bartier flew
into the third module, Contact: Introduction to Aviation Professionals,
getting it off to a roaring start with a
19-page booklet that covers general
aspects of aviation and its history. The
girls got hands-on experience with a
seat belt, demo card and oxygen mask
from one of the Boeing 737-800’s that
Jessianna regularly works in.
The next destination was Test Flight:
Helicopters. Here Michelle Osborne
and Sharon Dreseen demonstrated the
principles of flight. They were brought
in for a smooth landing as they concluded the Girl Scout’s aviation program with a panel. It was an experience the Chapter and the Girl Scouts
will never forget. ✈