Female 89th AS pilots support Canadian aviation event

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  • By Stacy Vaughn
  • 445th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Two female pilots from the 89th Airlift Squadron were part of the aircrew to participate in the Eighth Annual The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! event held at the Abbotsford International Airport, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada Oct. 5-6, 2019.


The Sky’s No Limit is an international, multi-agency event to which the Canadian Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, municipal police forces, local and international search and rescue organizations, first responders, civilian companies, educational institutions, the United States and Canadian Armed Forces are invited to participate and highlight the various aspects of aviation, aerospace, marine and defense.


Capt. Maria Duffy and 1st Lt. Cecilia Photinos, both C-17 pilots with the 89th AS, were thrilled about participating in the event and talking to the attendees about what it’s like to be a pilot in the Air Force Reserve.


“It’s pretty cool that we got to meet and talk to these young girls about what we do and show them that they can do this too,” Photinos said.


The two-day event invited young girls and boys to enjoy free and fun hands-on events, including aircraft static displays and other booths to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers, both military and civilian, it also offered helicopter rides for children and their families who have never flown before.