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Delta flight with crews takes 120 girls to NASA headquarters




A fully-fledged Delta flight recently transported 120 girls to NASA headquarters to celebrate International Girls in Aviation Day, which seeks to inspire female aircraft.

The trip was Delta's fifth annual WING flight, or "Women Inspiring our Next Generation." Delta started the tour back in 2015 in an attempt to close the gender gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Delta did the plane Oct. 6, according to a company press release, even though International Girls in Aviation Day was Friday. The plane flew from Salt Lake City to Houston, where girls ages 12 to 18 toured with NASA's Mission Control Center, Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston.

According to the airline, only 5 percent of the pilots are female, which the company says is comparable to others in the aviation industry. The company said that WING flights are among the efforts to increase the number of female pilots.

The airline noted that this year it achieved 1[ads1]00 percent wage parity for female frontline employees and was also awarded a "Best Workplace for Women" by Great Place to Work and Wealth for the third year in a row.

"We know representation matters," Delta Chief of Pilot Development Beth Poole said in a press release.

"At Delta, we think you have to see it to be it."



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