Three inspirational military women


THREE inspirational military women, leading in their fields of Army aviation, will take to the stage at a Test Valley museum to interact and share their experiences with a live and online audience this month.

The event, called Women in Army Aviation, is part of the Army Flying Museum’s popular programme of Lockdown Lectures, which were born out of the pandemic, and will be broadcast live using the Museum’s very own web stream technology to an audience both in the museum and worldwide.

This will be the museum’s first ever hybrid event featuring a live audience and will be Hosted by lecture regular, and broadcaster, Paul Beaver, at the Middle Wallop based attraction from 7pm on Monday 18 October. The speakers include Lt Col Penny Kitson, Maj Hannah Mathers, and Capt Charlotte Joyce.

CEO Lucy Johnson said: “These women are trailblazers in their career paths, with fascinating stories to tell.  We are so grateful to these amazing women for giving up their time to share some of their stories on what promises to be a fantastic evening.”
She added: “These lectures have been such a shot in the arm for the Museum over the past 16 months, they have helped us reach a global audience and share Army flying stories with thousands of people during lockdown.  Now we’re able to welcome back a live audience, it will kick these events up a notch.”

Lt Col Kitson was the first Army Air Corps (AAC) female to become a qualified helicopter instructor in the Army, and the first female to command a regular squadron.
Maj Mathers joined the AAC as an Airtrooper in 2002, before applying for, and joining, RMA Sandhurst and commissioning as an AAC officer in 2007. Since qualifying on the Gazelle she has served in Northern Ireland, Canada and spent two years as a jungle aviator in Brunei.

Capt Charlotte Joyce was named the Institute of Engineering and Technology Young Woman Engineer of the Year for her work supplying airworthy battle winning helicopters on worldwide operations and leading soldiers in dangerous and challenging environments including Afghanistan and Libya.

The evening will be live streamed on the Museum’s website, as well as open to a limited in-house audience.  Tickets to attend in the Museum are available for £10, which includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Once the panellists have spoken the evening will be thrown open to a Q&A session for both live and online audience members.

The event will be available on catch-up directly afterwards on the museum’s website.
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