Was the first woman to fly a solar powered aircraft, being a test pilot for Paul McCready’s solar powered aircraft Gossamer Penguin.
Also was one of the selected pilots for Paul MacCready’s Solar Challenger which was the first solar powered aircraft to cross the English channel in 1981.
In 2019 she was honoured by The International Organization of Women pilots.
The first crossing of the English Channel was accomplished about forty years ago and it was a monumental task. I am thrilled to see that you are up for the challenge of repeating this feat, this time as an international completion. This will peak the world’s interest in the project.
It is of special interest that there will be prize money given to the first female pilot to make the crossing. While only seven percent of the pilot population is comprised of women, this prize will be a true incentive for ladies all over the world to accomplish this task. A new world record will be created! I am pleased that Anne Williams has made this honor possible. I hope that she will be the one to present the prize! This is tremendously exciting and I wish you the best in realizing this goal.