Born: United States of America
Primarily active in: United States of America

1919 - 1999

Eleanor Gellett Spencer Weichsel, 79, wife of Hans Weichsel-  a then retired senior vice president of Bell Helicopter Textron, died June 8, 1999 in Fort Worth.  Born in New York City in 1919, she married Mr. Weichsel in 1949 in Butihlo, NY and moved to Fort Worth the foBawing year. Gill, as her friends knew her, traveled ~ throughout the world. WIth her husband, she participated in numemus international helicopter events. When she was not at home raising her three children, or traveling with Harn, Gill was an active paddler, knawn for extended paddling trips cumulating several hundred miles a year and camp ing out on wilderness river banks. She and her husband created the Weichsel Annual Trophies for the Most Miles Paddled and the Outstanding Paddler of North Texas. Gill believed duly in medical research and volunteered to be the first woman to receive a Stent graft repair for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a procedure pioneered by Stanford University Medical Research Center. The procedure prolonged her life for five years. Mr. Weichsel and family friends have created a perpetual Vertical Flight Foundation scholarship in her name to which AHS members are invited to contribute. The First Gill Weichsel VFF scholarship was awarded at Forum 56 in Virginia Beach on May 3, 2000.

AHS Update: Vertiflite Summer 1999