International Women's Air and Space Museum hosting talk by Sandra Durbin

Mar. 5—The International Women's Air & Space Museum announced it will host its next "Dinner with a Slice of History" program on March 24.

Entitled "The Groundbreaking Experience of Sandra Durbin," the program features the first Black female Air Traffic Controller in the U.S. and US Navy. The program will be held both in-person and via Zoom.

Durbin joined the U.S. Navy in 1966 and after boot camp, had a choice: air traffic controller or electronics technician. After careful and strategic consideration, she chose Air Traffic Control School, the release stated.

On March 24, Durbin joins the museum to explore her groundbreaking career and service at both Naval Air Stations Pensacola and North Island. She will also share her post-military service activities and her work as the 2022-2023 California AMVETS commander engaging with and serving fellow veterans.

Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 6:30.

Registration is required by visiting or calling 216-623-1111. In-person tickets are $27 for non-IWASM members and $17 for IWASM members and will include program admission and a boxed dinner. Virtual tickets are for a minimum donation of $10.

The museum offers a special ticket bundle and a discounted one-year membership for $55, the release stated.

For more information, call the museum or email

IWASM is a nonprofit museum with the mission to preserve, educate, and inspire its communities about the history and culture of women in all areas of aviation and aerospace, the release stated. Located inside Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport, exhibits are free of charge seven days a week, offering guided tours and programs by appointment.