Middle River’s Rosie the Riveter takes bucket list flight
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.