BWI AIRPORT, MD (June 10, 2002) - Recognizing the accomplishments of a true aviation pioneer, the Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) unveiled a new exhibit today to showcase the flying career of Owings Mills resident Beverly Burns
at Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).Maryland's Deputy Secretary of Transportation Beverley Swaim-Staley and the MAA's Executive Director Paul Wiedefield joined Ms. Burns for the unveiling ceremony of the latest addition to BWI's timeline of the history of aviation in Maryland, a unique collage that adorns the 60-foot tall interior wall along the corridor between the domestic and international piers.
is a shining example of what can be accomplished by women with determination and talent," Ms. Swaim-Staley said.
...A former flight attendant, Captain Burns never gave up on her dream to fly.She
became the first woman to fly the Boeing 747
from coast to coast, and she
received the acclaimed "Amelia Earhart Award" for her
conquest.On May 23, 2001, Captain Burns made aviation history once again by becoming the first female pilot to captain the new Boeing 777 for Continental Airlines, flying from Houston to London.She has served as Captain on some of the largest and most sophisticated aircraft in the U.S. commercial fleet.Her
flight resume includes Captain's status on the Boeing 727
, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, and the DC-9 and DC-10.Captain Burns is currently a pilot for Continental Airlines.Her
pilot training began at Hinson Airways' flight school at BWI Airport
encountered numerous obstacles along the way based on her
gender.There were charter airlines that were afraid to hire a woman, male co-pilots who were reluctant to work with her
and occasionally passengers who were skeptical of flying with a woman in the cockpit.Because of her
has been honored by presidents, senators and mayors.
An exhibit that includes color photographs of Captain Burns
and notes about her
achievements has been mounted on BWI's Maryland aviation timeline collage, under the wing of an image of the historic China Clipper.