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Let 5:24 p.m. Monday, March 20, take its place in our space, if for only a moment, as we at Shoreline Aviation welcome astronomical spring here in Marshfield, MA, and KGHG. And so begins the rapidly increasing hours of daylight, which we also welcome heartily! You can get a good dose of spring news to know here at the Farmers’ Almanac site: Spring Equinox 2023: When Is It, and What is It?.

We watched with a tang of guilt the foul weather that plagued so much of the country earlier this month. Here on the South Shore of Massachusetts we had a mostly mild winter season. While California was getting slammed (and even when our North Shore friends were shoveling buckets of snow), our daffodils were poking up and buds were peeking out from the cherry tree.

We’re fortunate to have our aircraft busy and able to ferry travelers all over. We hope the climate has been kind to you where you are and wish a quick recovery for those who faced unusual challenges.


Women’s History Month

Celebrating Women’s History Month in March, Shoreline has been taking a look at some standout women aviators in its social media this month. And what better place to meet some serious contributors to aviation history but in the National Aviation Hall of Fame! It’s a fun site to roam around, and you can see all of the dozens of incredible enshrinees here.

We’re listing the five infamous ladies we’re featuring online with a few of their highlights. Please visit the Hall of Fame site to learn more about them and many other famous adventurers who put their thumbprints on aviation history. All information is courtesy of the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Amelia Earhart

Born in 1897 in Kansas, Amelia Earhart learned to fly at age 23.

  • First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic in 1932 and first and only woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for doing so.
  • First woman to fly non-stop across the U.S. and six weeks later broke her own transcontinental speed record in 1933 going from California to New Jersey.
  • First person to fly solo from Honolulu, Hawaii to Oakland, California in 1935.
  • Disappeared in the South Pacific on a round the world flight with her navigator, Fred Noonan, in July 1937.

More info is available here.


Olive Beech

Olive Ann Mellor was born in 1903. She was hired by Clyde Cessna as an office worker at his Travel Air Manufacturing Company, where she met her husband, Walter Beech.

  • Formed the Beech Aircraft Company with her husband Walter.
  • In 1934 they introduced the Beechcraft Staggerwing biplane to serve corporate and airline needs.
  • During World War II she headed the company while her husband was ill and delivered various military aircraft. By the end of the war, Beech had built more than 7,400 military aircraft and won five Army-Navy “E” awards for production efficiency.
  • Was known as the “First Lady of Aviation” because she earned more awards, honorary appointments, and special citations than any woman in aviation history.

More info is available here.


Ruth Nichols

Ruth Nichols was born in 1901. She is the only woman to hold simultaneous world records for speed, altitude, and distance for a female pilot.

  • Became the first licensed woman seaplane pilot in the U.S. in 1924. She eventually flew every type of aircraft developed and was rated in the dirigible, glider, autogyro, landplane, seaplane, amphibian, monoplanes, biplanes, triplanes, twin and four engine transports and supersonic jets.
  • First to fly non-stop from New York to Miami in 1928 along with her flight instructor.
  • Became the first women to land in all 48 contiguous states in 1929.
  • Set a women’s transcontinental record of 16 hours, 59 minutes and 30 seconds, and on her return trip she set a Los Angeles to New York City record of 13 hours, 22 minutes.

More info is available here.


Nancy Harkness Love

Hannah Lincoln Harkness was born in 1914. She was an American pilot and airplane commander during World War II. She earned her pilot’s license at age 16.

  • Helped develop the tricycle landing gear while working as a test pilot for Gwinn Aircar in Buffalo.
  • Qualified as the first female pilot in the Army Air Forces (AAF) on September 7, 1942.
  • Appointed as the leader of the new Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) in the Air Transport Command’s Ferrying Division in September 1942.
  • First woman to fly virtually all the Army Air Force’s complex, high performance combat aircraft, such as the new P-51 Mustang and P-38 Lightning fighters, the four-engine B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber, and various multi-engine attack aircraft, medium bombers, and transports.

More info is available here.


Patricia ‘Patty’ Wagstaff

Patricia Combs was born in 1951. She was a national aerobatic champion.

  • Earned a spot on the US Aerobatic Team in 1985, five years after getting her pilot’s license.
  • Became the first woman to win the US National Aerobatic Championships in 1991 where she earned the gold medal in each of her three flights. She won the National Aerobatic Championships three years in a row.
  • Earned a position on the US Aerobatic Team at the World Aerobatic Championships six times and won the Betty Skelton “First Lady of Aerobatics” Award six times.
  • Her airplane was featured on Microsoft’s Flight Simulator where it was the only airplane associated with a personality.

More info is available here.

We roundly applaud these pioneering aviation greats!


Giving back to community

As the operators of the Marshfield Municipal Airport, we are glad to do our part to help the Marshfield Education Foundation strive to surpass the $1 million fundraising mark! Shoreline Aviation is proud to sponsor the annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race once again to benefit MEF.

MEF provides seed funding for grants submitted by Marshfield Public School teachers for innovative programs that motivate their students and achieve excellence in teaching and learning. MEF has positively impacted over 7,180 public school students since 2010 by awarding 172 grants totaling over $923,000.

You can learn all about MEF and the good it does for Marshfield’s public schools and students here: https://www.marshfieldfoundation.org.

We’re grateful for the opportunity to help our community!



Chartering – who we are, what we do

Most of the recipients of this newsletter already know many benefits of chartering flights. Such as, when chartering you get to control the when, the where, and the how to complement your why. We thought we’d drop a few numbers into the conversation.

For example, did you know that general aviation aircraft can take you to about 5,100 public access airports in the US? And that commercial airlines can go to about 500? So, yes – general aviation goes to 10 times as many locations as commercial airlines. Your team can take off from KGHG (or we’ll pick you up), collaborate aboard the aircraft, make multiple meetings across upstate New York, and get home in time for dinner.

Day, not days. No hotels, no car rentals, no connections. No big, busy airports; no long lines; no hairy eyeballs. Just chat or relax, meet and greet, and then home they go. Oh, and fly on really cool jets!

A few more numbers for you.

  • An estimated 65% of general aviation flights are conducted for business and public services that need transportation more flexible than the airlines can offer.
  • More than 90% of the roughly 220,000 civil aircraft registered in the United States are general aviation aircraft.
  • More than 80% of the 609,000 pilots certificated in the U.S. fly GA aircraft.
  • General aviation operated 3.3 million charter flights worldwide in 2021.

Any time you want more info, visit us online here, or call Shoreline Aviation at Marshfield Municipal Airport at 781.834.4928. And you can click here for a charter quote: www.shorelineaviation.net/request-charter-quote.


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Your friends at Shoreline!


About Shoreline Aviation

Shoreline Aviation, Inc. has been offering premier aviation services for 42 years. An FAA Certified Air Carrier since 1981, Shoreline operates a versatile fleet of turboprop, light jet, midsize jet, and large cabin jet aircraft. The company is headquartered in Marshfield, MA, where it is the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) and airport manager at Marshfield Municipal Airport. Shoreline also has an office in West Palm Beach at Palm Beach International Airport. The company offers aircraft management, sales and acquisitions, executive and personal charter services, FBO, aircraft maintenance, airport management services, flight lessons, and more. To learn more about Shoreline Aviation, call +1 888.291.JETS (5387), visit www.shorelineaviation.net, or email info@shorelineaviation.net.

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