Thursday, June 2, 2011

Gaby Kennard

Today's Awesome Woman is Gaby Kennard (1944 - ) She is the first Australian woman to circumnavigate the globe by airplane. At the age of 33, as a single mother, Gaby decided the time had come to do something about her passion for flying. By scrimping and saving, Gaby took up flying lessons at the South Coast Aero Club, NSW.

In 1989 she set off from Sydney Australia, in a single engined Piper Saratoga to comemorate Amelia Earhart's flight around the world. The trip made Kennard a celebrity and she used this status to raised $A205,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.

Qantas has recently announced that they will be naming one of their Airbus A380's after Gaby Kennard in recognition of her contribution to the aviation industry and particularly of her achievement

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