Delta flies 120 girls to NASA with all-female flight crew

CNN has reported an all-female flight team from Delta has flown 120 girls between the ages of 12 and 18 to NASA´s Johnson Space Center for International Girls in Aviation Day, the news source said.

The event was designed to encourage more women to enter the male-dominated field, Delta said in a statement.

Girls from Salt Lake City STEM schools (Science Technology Engineering Math), got to see women run all aspects of their flight, Delta said. The plane had an all-female pilot and flight crew, ramp agents and gate agents on the ground, and women in the control tower giving pilots instructions.

Delta says that 5% of its pilots are women and that 7.4% hired over the last four years are women.

Girls in Aviation Day was a worldwide effort, and organizers say that more than 20,000 people participated in the United States, Canada and Australia, as well as in countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.