Mid­dle River’s Rosie the Riveter takes bucket list flight

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On La­bor Day week­end, a la­borer on the 1940’s home­front en­joyed celebrity sta­tus as she com­pleted an item on her bucket list. Grace Hen­ninger, a mem­ber of the Bal­ti­more Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Rosie the Riveter As­so­ci­a­tion has had on her bucket list: “Take a ride on a he­li­copter”. Although she has flown on pas­sen­ger planes, this World War II Glenn L. Martin Com­pany bucker of a riv­et­ing team as­sem­bling air­planes al­ways won­dered what it would feel like to be lifted up off of the ground.

Thanks to Grand­view Aviation, a pri­vate jet and

he­li­copter op­er­a­tor with head­quar­ters at Martin State Air­port that do­nated a flight for Grace, this 93 year old took that dreamed he­li­copter flight fly­ing with pi­lots Ron and Mark in Grand­view’s Bell 430 he­li­copter, a twin-en­gine lux­ury air­craft that has car­ried celebri­ties and other im­por­tant fig­ures trav­el­ing in the re­gion. “Grace is an in­spi­ra­tion and we are thrilled to be a part of this,” said Jes­sica Naor, Chief Mar­ket­ing Of­fi­cer, Grand­View Aviation. “Grace, and the other Rosies, are Amer­i­can heroes. Hav­ing the chance to fly Grace from Martin State Air­port, where she worked at the WWII Martin Com­pany, feels like a home­com­ing and we’re hon­ored to have her fly with us”

Cheer­ing on Grace for this spe­cial fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence were fam­ily mem­bers, her fel­low res­i­dents and staff from The Wood­lands, mem­bers of Bal­ti­more’s Rosie Chap­ter and the Glenn L. Martin Mary­land Aviation Mu­seum. When Grace’s he­li­copter landed back on the ground she met Dan Naor, the owner of Grand­view Aviation and was asked about her flight and she an­swered “It was great! I still can’t be­lieve it hap­pened”. 73 years have passed since Grace demon­strated her “We Can Do It” spirit on the Martin air­craft assem­bly line and she con­tin­ues to show­case that spirit as she par­tic­i­pates in pa­rades, panel dis­cus­sion and Mu­seum events, lead­ing the way for what can still be ac­com­plished by se­nior adults with a “We Can Do It!” mo­ti­va­tion. The Bal­ti­more Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Rosie the Riveter As­so­ci­a­tion, which has been meet­ing at the Glenn L. Martin Mary­land Aviation Mu­seum since 2003, in­vites Rosies and their fam­i­lies, his­to­ri­ans, and folks of all ages in­ter­ested in help­ing to pre­serve and share the Rosie story to its meet­ings and events. For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, con­tact 410682-6122.

Grace Hen­ninger, Grand­view owner Dan Naor, and he­li­copter pi­lots Ron and Mark.

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