May 1961 – The Whirly Girls were invited to meet with President John F. Kennedy at The White House.
Also during May 1961, the Whirly Girls were invited to meet with Igor Sikorsky, the inventor of the first practical helicopter and the founder of Sikorsky Helicopter in Stamford, Connecticut. (Note that at this time in our history women were still identified by the media as Miss or Mrs.)
In the early 1960s – The Whirly Girls gathered on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to have this photo taken during “a hovering” in Washington, DC. At this time, the Whirly Girls annual hovering occurred in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Helicopter Society (AHS).
1968 – This is the first year that the Whirly Girls began having our annual meeting and “hovering” in conjunction with the Helicopter Association International (then Helicopter Association of America). The 1968 meeting of HAA was in Las Vegas, NV.