CR Smith Museum presents Beverley Bass: Me and the Sky
CR Smith Museum will present Beverley Bass, who will discuss her book, Me and the Sky. When Bass was a young girl in the late 1950s, she told her parents she wanted to fly planes, and they told her that girls couldn't be pilots. Still, they encouraged her, and brought her to a nearby airport to watch the planes take off and land.
After decades of refusing to take no for an answer, in 1986 Bass became the first female pilot promoted to captain by American Airlines and led the first all-female crewed flight shortly thereafter. Her revolutionary career became even more newsworthy when she was forced to land in the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland, on September 11, 2001, due to U.S. airspace closures. After several days there, she flew her crew and passengers safely home.
Bass' incredible life is now immortalized in the hit Broadway musical, Come from Away. Guests will discover how Bass went from an ambitious young girl gazing up at the sky to a groundbreaking pilot smiling down from the cockpit.