Bridgeport Native, 101, recreates her flight with Amelia Earhart at Three Wing Aviation

Stratford, CT – Friday, June 24th, Three Wing Aviation had the honor of taking Anne Fiyalka, a 101-year-old Easton Resident, on a special flight along CT’s Shoreline. This dream come true happened 85 years after Anne was flown by Amelia Earhart and was made possible by Wish of a Lifetime from AARP in partnership with Three Wing Aviation and New England Air Museum.

A white cake with a picture of Amelia Earhart next to a picture of Anne Fiyalka with the date "November 5 1931" below the two pictures written in purple icing.

On November 5, 1936, at the age of 16, Anne was given the opportunity of a lifetime after winning a local contest where three Warren Harding High School honor students were chosen to fly with Earhart. Not many civilians had been in an aircraft yet since commercial aviation was still a luxury. Today, flying is a lot more common but the memory of being flown by a world-famous female pilot will be with Anne forever.

Nicole Marsillio poses with Anne Fiyalka in front of a white and red aircraft.

Three Wing Aviation Flight Instructor, Nicole Marsillio was the pilot tasked with taking Ms. Fiyalka up into the air and was joined by Three Wing General Manager, Ken Smith. Marsillio was more than happy to provide Anne with recreation flight because Amelia Earhart is also a role model for her.


Press Coverage

“Bridgeport native, 101, recreates her flight with Amelia Earhart 85 years later” – CT Post

“Easton’s Own Anne Fiyalka Takes to the Sky” – Easton Courier

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