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Mary S. Feik  - ( 1924-2016)

Mary S. Feik,   became an aviation engineer in World War II.   Ms. Feik received many awards and honors and was an “Emeritus Colonel” in the Civil Air Patrol and has her own Achievement ribbon created in her name.  The Annapolis CAP group has been renamed the  Mary S. Feik Composite Squadron. The CAP Squadron link is:

She earned the FAA Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award, named for the Wright brothers' original mechanic. She was inducted into the "Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame", for her many outstanding contributions to aviation safety. She was honored  in the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kitty Hawk.  Mary Feik was also a Women Pilots - 99 and an emeritus Women in Aviation member.   Women in Aviation, CAP.     She mentored and inspired countless young aviators.

Field trip to Smithsonian Air and Space Museum:

Mary S. Feik, was an American aviation engineer, mechanic, pilot instructor and aircraft restorer with the Smithsonian Paul Garber Restoration Facility.   The  "Build a Plane" club  visited the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum to see the 1930 TWA Northrop Alpha air mail plane, which she restored, now on display on the museum's ground floor. 

The Civil Air Patrol has developed an informative and respectful You Tube video showing some of the highlights of this aviation engineer, master mechanic, test pilot, instructor, aviation lecturer...and all around aviation legend.  The link is:

When inspiring young CAP pilots, she lovingly quoted her own father's words: 

           "Aim high and follow your dreams". 

Mary's 1952 Piper PA20/ 135 Pacer

Mrs. Robin (Feik) Vest, daughter of Mary Feik, generously  donated the plane to the DC Youth Aviation - Build A Plane group so that youth could learn about aviation, airplanes and aviation restoration.  

Civil Air Patrol Crl Mary S. Feik was instrumental in bringing her love of all things aviation to many young cadets.  She was an inspiration and devoted teacher.

The Mary S. Feik ribbon is a CAP Achievement ribbon earned by merit.   When she alive, she personally signed each of the 10,000 ribbon certificates distributed to CAP graduates. 

Induction of CAP Crl. Mary S. Feik into the Ensign Dean R. Van Kirk Aviation Heritage Museum at FDK

On Sunday October 28, 2018 CAP Crl Mary S. Feik was inducted to the Ensign Dean R. Van Kirk Aviation Heritage Museum at a Hall of Fame Ceremony.  This honor preceded a guided tour of the Aviation Museum, at Hangar B1, at Frederick Airport (KFDK).  

Hall of Fame Induction  

About a dozen CAP cadets, from the Annapolis Mary S. Feik Composite Squadron attended the Hall of Fame Ceremony.  Numerous artifacts from her aviation career were contributed to the museum's collection. 

Many of the cadets  had earned the CAP Mary S. Feik ribbon of merit.  CAP Cadets from the  Honor Guard sang "The Star Spangled Banner", recited the Pledge of Allegiance and performed a presentation of the colors, a traditional CAP flag ceremony.  

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