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How women in aviation are seeking to inspire visitors to the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show

The Wings Over Camarillo Air Show returns Saturday and Sunday
Caroline Feraday
The Wings Over Camarillo Air Show returns Saturday and Sunday

The skies above Camarillo will be buzzing with everything from jet fighters to World War 2 classic aircraft this weekend.

It’s two days of aircraft acrobatics and classic cars, as the Wings Over Camarillo Air Show returns this weekend.

From the Ventura Sheriff’s helicopter making a water drop, to a parachute team and some impressive acrobatics, all eyes will be on the skies.

The theme this year is women in aviation, so, who better to open the show than pilot Judy Phelps, who will be looping the loop in a Pitts Special Biplane.

"I've been doing my routine for over ten years now at the airshow, but the very first pilot briefing I came to, I was the only female in the pilot briefing with a roomful of 40 men. But that's changed," said Phelps.

Phelps, who is from Santa Paula, is a volunteer at the show and told KCLU, she hopes to inspire other female pilots.

"It's something I like to do to give back to the aviation community but I also like to show other woman that we can fly airplanes as well," said Phelps.

From Amelia Earhart to Bessie Coleman, a museum exhibition celebrates our female aviators, curated by Lindsey Bell, member of VC 99’s.

She created a 22-foot time line of female firsts, from engineering, to helicopter piloting.

A second wall celebrates the achievements of four female pilots: Bessie Coleman, Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes and Jackie Cochran.

Bell says she chose the four because they inspired her own journey to being a pilot.

"I also really click onto the fact that Amelia, Pancho and Jackie were local. It's exciting to think that I could go to places they've been," said Bell.

The 41st Annual Wings Over Camarillo Air Show runs Saturday and Sunday, with displays starting from noon.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.