Western Sydney International Airport is named in honour of Nancy-Bird Walton, one of Australia’s pioneer aviators and the founder of the Australian Women’s Pilots’ Association (AWPA).
The airport, located within the suburb of Badgerys Creek and the construction of Stage 1 began on 24 September 2018 and is expected to be complete by December 2026
At the age of 19, Bird Walton was the first woman in the Commonwealth to obtain commercial pilot’s licence in 1935.
When she was awarded a commercial pilot’s license. Nancy bought her first aircraft, a de Havilland Gipsy Moth.
In 1936, Nancy Bird entered an air race from Adelaide to Brisbane, and won the Ladies’ Trophy.
In 1938 she joined Dutch airline company (KLM) to do some promotional work in Europe, where she stayed for a couple of years. She returned to Australia soon after World War II broke out. She began training women in skills needed to back up the men flying in the Royal Australian Air Force.
In 1950, she founded the Australian Women Pilots’ Association (AWPA), where she remained president for five years.
On 13 January 2009, Nancy Bird-Walton died at the age of 93.
Australia Prime Minister, Mr.Scott Morrison officially named the $5.3 billion airport as ‘Western Sydney International Nancy-Bird Walton Airport.’