The Groundbreaking Experience of Sandra Durbin 24 March 2023 1800 - 1900 (Eastern Daylight Time) International Women's Air & Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 North Marginal Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44114, and Online
Hosted by the AIAA Northern Ohio Section, in collaboration with the International Women’s Air and Space Museum.
The AIAA Northern Ohio Section is teaming up with the International Women’s Air and Space Museum to offer a dinner and program focused Sandra Durbin, who joined the U.S. Navy in 1966 and subsequently became the first Black female Air Traffic Controller in the U.S. Navy, while simultaneously becoming the first in the U.S. Durbin will explore her groundbreaking career and service at both Naval Air Stations Pensacola and North Island. She will also share her post-military service activities and her work as the 2022-2023 California AMVETS Commander engaging with and serving fellow veterans.
Sandra Durbin joined the U.S. Navy in 1966 and after boot camp, had a choice: Air Traffic Controller or Electronics Technician. After careful and strategic consideration, she chose Air Traffic Control School becoming the first Black female Air Traffic Controller in the U.S. Navy, while simultaneously becoming the first in the United States.