Aviation Pioneer Honored During Earhart Festival

By Ronelle Williams | rwilliams@kq2.com

Published 07/19 2014 07:30PM

Updated 07/19 2014 10:44PM

(ATCHISON, Ks.) A luncheon was held Saturday during the Amelia Earhart Festival to honor women in the aviation industry.  The festival names one woman each year who has made a lasting impact on the field.  This year's recipient was Michele Stauffer, the founder of the Kansas Aircraft Corporation.  Stauffer says through this award she hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams.

"If in my lifetime I can just encourage some young people, male or female to pursue their dream and live their passion then I will consider that I've made a contribution," said Award Recipient Michele Stauffer.

Stauffer was the first american woman to pilot a russian tactical fighter.  She has logged more than 6200 hours of flight time in her career.

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