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Patricia “Patty” Wagstaff

  • Earned a spot on the US Aerobatic Team in 1985, five years after getting her pilot’s license.
  • Became the first woman to win the US National Aerobatic Championships in 1991 where she earned the gold medal in each of her three flights.
  • Won the US National Aerobatic Championships three years in a row.
  • Earned a position on the US Aerobatic Team at the World Aerobatic Championships six times and won the Betty Skelton “First Lady of Aerobatics” Award six times.
  • Her airplane was featured on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator where it was the only airplane on the simulator associated with a personality.
  • Was a presidential appointee to the Centennial of Flight Commission’s Federal Advisory Board in 2002.
  • Provided transition training for airline and military pilots into warbirds, instructing in T-28s and T-6s.
  • Has flown as a stunt pilot for films and television and coaches other aerobatic pilots.
  • Committed to the protection of animals as she is to flying, she volunteers with the Kenya Wildlife Service, giving recurrency and aerobatic training to law enforcement officers patrolling for poachers of elephant tusks and rhino horns.

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