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Geneseo warplane museum honoring women aviators at air show

The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is honoring the role of women in aviation during this weekend's air show.

The Geneseo museum's guests of honor include 100-year-old Dawn Seymour, a member of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots during World War II. Known as WASPs, they ferried warplanes across the United States to free male pilots for combat overseas.

Seymour, from South Bristol in Ontario County, piloted B-17 bombers during the war. The museum is home to one of less than a dozen B-17s still capable of flying.

Media Director of the Museum Dawn Schaible said despite the cloudy weather the weekend is still packed with a number of performances by women including Extra 300 aerobatic performer Jacquie B.

"She actually started her aerobatic career at the age of 50. Women, do not let age or anything slow you down!"

Schaible said they chose this years theme to hopefully encourage more young women to pursue careers in aviation.

The air show Saturday and Sunday features flights by such iconic WWII aircraft a B-25 bomber, a P-40 Warhawk fighter built in Buffalo, and the museum's "Whiskey 7," a C-47 transport plane that dropped American paratroopers on D-Day at Normandy.

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