Location: Belmont, Massachusetts, United States
Anne Bridge Baddour, Pilot, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aviation.
Bitten by the aviation bug at an early age, Mrs. Baddour first took to the skies as a stewardess for Eastern Airlines in 1952. Her love for flying grew within the two years she served in this role and she decided to follow her passion once more, but this time behind the yoke. After becoming certified as an airline transport pilot, she became an aeronautical instructor at the Powers School and then worked as a co-pilot and flight attendant for the Raytheon Company from 1958 to 1963. From 1974 to 1976, she utilized her expertise as a flight dispatcher, ferry and pilot for Comerford Flight School. Mrs. Baddour then spent time in a variety of positions with Baltimore Airways, Inc. and Jenney Beachcraft until joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the first female research test pilot for the Lincoln Laboratory Flight Test Facility. She remained in this position until retiring in 1997.
Mrs. Baddour remains passionate about her profession in a number of board positions, including with the Massachusetts Air & Space Museum and the Aero Club of New England. She has also served as a board member for Pine Manor College and as an aviation consultant and corporate pilot for Energy Resources, Inc. She considers the highlight of her career to be invited to a one-day orientation by the US Navy for the FA-18 Hornet. Ingrained with the need for speed, Mrs. Baddour holds several flying records for single- and twin-engine aircrafts. As a pioneer and trailblazer in the field, she has received many awards and accolades throughout her six-decade career. These include such recognition as the Katherine Wright Trophy, the DAR Award for Women in American History and the Clifford B. Harmon Trophy. Furthermore, she has been inducted into numerous Hall of Fames.
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