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Covington Aircraft Sponsors Women of the National Agricultural Aviation Association Scholarship

WNAACovington Aircraft is a proud sponsor of the Women of the National Agricultural Aviation Association (WNAAA) scholarship each year, which awarded two young women scholarships to further their studies, even if they are not entering a flying career.  The first place winner was awarded $2,000, while the second place prize, sponsored by Covington Aircraft, received a $1,000 scholarship.

2013 Winners

The first place winner was Candice Braxton of El Campo, Texas, while the second place recipient was Brittany Kerr of Highmore, South Dakota.  The scholarship awards were presented at the Farewell Banquet of the NAAA 2013 Convention and Exposition in Reno, Nevada.

About the Scholarship

The WNAAA scholarship applicants were required to submit an essay, 1,500 words or less that described the role agricultural aviation played in their lives.  Each entry was judged on content, theme development, clarity, originality and proper grammar.  Resources had to be cited and plagiarism would result in immediate disqualification.  The names of the applicants were hidden from the judges so that the decision could remain impartial.  Entrants must have graduated from high school prior to August 15, 2013 to be eligible for the scholarship.  Jane Pitlick was the chairperson of the WNAAA scholarship committee for 2013.

2014 Scholarship

The theme for the 2014 WNAAA Scholarship is “Implications of UAVs on Ag Aviation.”  The deadlines for submitting an application will be similar to the 2013 scholarship deadlines, which required essays to be submitted by August 15, 2013.  Manuscripts are accepted through regular mail or electronically, and the organization does notify applicants when the submission has been received.

For more information about the WNAAA Scholarship sponsored by Covington Aircraft, visit the NAAA website.  For more information about Covington Aircraft, visit us online, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Working Women in Aviation of World War II Changed Society’s Views – Part 1

We at Covington Aircraft want to highlight the important working women in Aviation during World War II.  We will cover from the start of the war to the end of the war and how important they were in the history of aviation during World War II.


Before World War II, many women worked, but in jobs that were considered “female work.”

womeninaviationPrior to the war effort, many women worked at “traditional jobs.”  In general, though, many women were discouraged from working due to the influence of the Great Depression of the 1930s.  During that time, it was believed that a working woman was taking work away from a “working man.” However, many women did work in lower paying, less important and subservient roles.  At the start of the war, women made up approximately one-fourth of the workforce (12 million workers); by the end of the war, women comprised one-third of the workforce (18 million workers).  Many “Rosie the Riveters” were women who switched from low-paying positions to the higher-paying factory jobs.

During the start of the war, many factories transitioned from automotive production to war supply production.

There were also many new factories constructed as the United States “geared up” for the effort.  As production increased and the workforce decreased due to men leaving for the service, the U.S. government launched a propaganda campaign to lure women into the workforce.  The name “Rosie the Riveter” became synonymous with working women.  Shortly after the launch, Norman Rockwell covered the front of the Saturday Evening Post’s May 29, 1943 publication with his rendition of Rosie.  Soon “Rosies” were found everywhere, including a Rosie Hicker of Eastern Aircraft Company in Tarrytown, N.Y., who became famous through the media.

Women responded differently to the call to work, depending on race, age, class, marital status and number and ages of children.

women_in__aviationUp to half of the women who took war jobs were minorities and lower class.  The call to work had to overcome the stigma of women working as well as husbands who did not want their wives to work.  Also, many women with children younger than the age of 14 were encouraged to stay home; however, as the war continued and the workforce shortage grew, the demand grew to such a point that women with children younger than age 6 were taking jobs in the war effort.  Women also had the “double duty” that most men did not see, working and maintaining the home.  Initially there was a fear that taking women away from raising their children would give rise to juvenile delinquency.

Stay tuned for part 2 later this week as we cover why it’s important for us to understand the valuable contributions of Women in World War 2! Happy Flying!

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