Air and Space, Military Aviation

Thank You, Lieutenant Penney

(Photo courtesy of Air Race 21)

When I attended the WAI Conference in March, one of my favorite speakers was Lieutenant Heather “Lucky” Penney’s two keynote speeches on empowering women in the aviation industry and her experience on 9/11. Many people do not know that a squadron in Washington D.C. – Penney’s Squadron were sent to take down United Airlines Flight 93 – hijacked with terrorists – with no active missiles on board their F-16’s. Penney was essentially on a kamikaze mission and spoke about her willingness to not return home to her family that night because of her commitment to serving our country.

Air & Space Magazine had sent me to the Conference to cover Penney’s speeches and another story that may be published in the future. It was the most moving story I have done thus far. There were many people in the room with tears in their eyes as she told her story – just one of million’s of stories from that Tuesday morning. It was a very touching story and one that I hope everyone gets to hear in full one day. My article touches on the very basics of her speech and what she did that morning – what she was willing to sacrifice. I hope that you’ll take the time to read this story and understand and appreciate what Penney was willing to do that day.

To read “9/11 Takedown That never Happened” on Air & Space Magazine Online, Click HERE.

To read my all my stories published on Air & Space Magazine, Click HERE. 

See Also:

My Name in Print!

The 26th Annual WAI Conference

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Air and Space, Aviation, General Aviation, Military Aviation, Published Articles, Safety

Air Show Season is Upon Us!

Good Morning Everyone!

(featured photo courtesy of Scott Yoak)

Today, I’m reporting live from Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine with a feature on Air Show pilots and how they become certified to fly in air shows! Although this story has been complete for a while, we decided to wait until air show season was in full swing to feature this story. It’s crazy how these pilots learn how to fly these dare-devil maneuvers but even crazier as to how OTHER air show pilots are the ones to evaluate if these pilots are ready to fly!

I would like to thank everyone that helped make this story possible – Starting with Tony at Air & Space for giving me the opportunity to write for such a prestigious publication, then of course Professor Steve Master at Embry-Riddle for working with me on this story. It takes multiple edits and rewrites to make a story like this satisfactory for the editor, writer and those being interviewed.

This story developed out of another one I wrote for Air & Space back in November. Professor Master worked with me tirelessly to get the first story broken down to two individual stories worthy of publication. Without his help, I would have never gotten this story polished enough to be published. His work on this story and others has been immensely helpful & without him, I wouldn’t have gotten into journalism in the first place.

I would also like to thank all those that took the time to interview with me. This includes the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) President John Cudahy, air show performer Debby Gary, Air show performer Scott “Scooter” Yoak, and Air Show Performer Patty Wagstaff. Additionally, thank you to Andreia Brown for getting me in touch with Scott Yoak!

And lastly – Thank you to all my readers that have taken the time to read all my stories. I’m truly shocked at how much I’ve gotten accomplished over the last few months with the support and encouragement from all my readers, friends and family. This has been a crazy but completely amazing ride. I hope you’ll continue to follow me as this journey progresses.

To read my latest published story at Air & Space, click HERE.

Thanks for following!  xoxo

Chrissi

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Air and Space, Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Published Articles, Safety

Surprise!!!

So this morning I lounged around for a bit (as any college senior that doesn’t have to go to class would do…)… then finally got around to checking my emails. BOOM! The editor at Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine sent me an email.  He needed clarification on one measly thing on the most recent article I wrote and was waiting to hear back from me so he could PUBLISH IT. TODAY.  Now I’m so surprised because I had only sent this to him yesterday… and he only had 1 question?  That must mean that I’m getting better at this whole writing thing!

So I hopped on my computer, cleared up what he was confused about and send it back to him. Before I even had time for BREAKFAST it was published!

Go:NoGo

AND on top of all of that… I got my own link on AIr & Space! It’s where all the articles I’ve written for them will show up in one spot.

Tony (the editor) also assured me that the other story I’ve been working 2 months on (yes these things take time… and then some more time…) will be up sometime next week!  Three hits on Air & Space!! I think I may be on a roll.

If you had asked me a year ago that if I thought I would ever do ANYTHING with my communication minor I would’ve literally laughed in your face. But now… I read and write all the time and have found a real passion for all of this.  I thank everyone that follows this blog and encourages me on Facebook, IG, and Twitter. Y’all are really making me fall more and more in love with this hobby & I hope to one day make it part of my career.

Till next time… Blue Skies!!

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Air and Space, Aviation, Embry-Riddle, General Aviation, Military Aviation, My Journey, Published Articles, Safety

The Air Show’s Ringmaster

I recently received my FIRST ever by-line in Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine online. Read it here!

The article is about air show safety & specifically the people behind the scenes that make the air shows come together.  Hope you enjoy!!

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