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Female pilot taking to the skies at D-M air show

TUCSON- Around 200,000 people are expected to attend this weekend’s Lightning and Thunder over Arizona Air Show at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

News 4 Tucson met up with one of the performers who is flying through the glass ceiling.

“I fly this beautiful red 1940 Boeing Stearman. She’s an old gal,” pilot Vicky Benzing.

Benzing has flown all over the world.

“It’s the best view from the office in the world,” Benzing said. “Looking out over the scenery, see the sunset see the cloud formations. It never gets old.”

The veteran pilot has been flying for more than three decades.

“I started flying 37 years ago, and you didn’t hear a female voice on the radio very often back then,” Benzing said. “But more and more today, there are a lot of women in aviation.”

In her career, she’s overcome barriers- in and out of the skies.

“The industry is mostly male, so definitely being a woman stands out,” Benzing said.

She’s one of the dozen performers at this weekend’s air show, showing children that your dreams can take flight.

“Anybody whose considering learning to fly really should go out and go for it,” Benzing said. “Once you go up and try something and overcome your fear, it gives you so much more self confidence.”


Charity Freeman

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