Female aviator to hold talk at KFPL: Women in Canadian Aviation History

Lola Reid Allin after a flight in C-GFGS C172 YXY in Feb. 2023. Photo via KFPL.

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) invites the public to a talk on Women in Canadian Aviation History, which will be held at the Isabel Turner Branch on Saturday, Jun. 10, 2023.

“Women have played an integral role in shaping the aviation industry for hundreds of years,” the library said in a media release. “Their journey began in the era of hot-air balloons and dirigibles, where they defied conventions and shattered barriers. While they were often viewed as anomalies in a male-dominated field, one woman, Lola Reid Allin, persevered through societal expectations.”

Allin, a pilot, flight instructor and commercial aviator with over three decades of experience, defied the notion that women can’t fly, KFPL noted. As a young girl, she witnessed the awe-inspiring aerobatic displays of the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Golden Hawks.

Despite discouragement from her parents, who told her, “Don’t be silly; only men can be pilots,” Allin pursued her dream and obtained her pilot’s license. Today, she is a successful aviator, world traveller, an acclaimed author and an award-winning photographer.

On June 10, Allin will talk about women’s history in aviation, including the Ninety-Nines: International Organization of Women Pilots. The event will take place at the Isabel Turner Branch from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Patrons are invited to register online at https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/7669845 or by phone at (613) 549-8888.

“From balloonists to barnstormers and bush pilots, and from ferrying Spitfires to piloting the space shuttle, women have been an integral part of aviation history for more than 225 years,” said Anne Hall, Local History and Heritage Librarian. “Through her inspiring journey and expertise, Lola will motivate girls and young women, demonstrating that their dreams can take flight.”

Learn more about Lola Reid Allin on her website: https://www.lolareidallin.com/

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