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Aviation legend to visit Maxwell Air Force Base Thursday

(Source:Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters) (Source:Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

An aviation legend is making her first trip to the Civil Air Patrol National Headquarters which happens to be at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.

On Thursday July 31, Col. Mary Feik will be 700 miles southwest of her Maryland residence  to visit Maxwell and more than 120 of the organization's top cadets. Following this on Friday, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange will proclaim August 1 to be Col. Mary Feik Day for the city.

After visiting Strange's office at 10 a.m. for a presentation of the proclamation, Feik will also tour the air base and National Headquarters and meet Air Force dignitaries.

Feik has received a long list of honors reflecting her accomplishments as an aviation engineer, master mechanic, pilot, aircraft maintenance instructor manuals, trainer designer and restorer of vintage aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum.

During World War II she taught aircraft maintenance for the U.S. Army Air Corps and became the first woman engineer to work in research and development in the Air Technical Service Command's Engineering Division at Wright Field, Ohio.

She also flew more than 6,000 hours as a B-29 flight engineer, pilot and engineering observer, as well as a pilot in fighter, attack, bomber, cargo and training aircraft.

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