The group’s true beginnings lie with Emily Gile, a local resident and former member of the World War II Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). After a visit to Oshkosh in 2005 for EAA’s AirVenture, she felt Hillsville needed its own EAA chapter.
“Emily Gile was very interested in exposing her grandchildren to careers in aviation,” explains Steele. “When we came back, she had a meeting with an EAA representative from Raleigh, North Carolina and three of us locally and she convinced us that forming a chapter and getting involved in EAA activities here was a good idea.”
Chapter 1426 is able to encourage these fine young people through our Emily Gile Scholarship Fund. To all of you who have sold pedal plane tickets, helped with pancake breakfasts, cooked chili, sold hotdogs, dropped something in the donations bucket, sat in the heat on First Saturday, or participated in any of our other events, this is your reward! Thank You!