Former FAA administrator Marion Blakey is president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association. She flew to Wichita to speak at today’s Wichita Aero Club luncheon.
While Blakey’s list of accomplishments is impressive, one claim to fame is much less known. Blakey’s grandmother was Elvis Presley’s music teacher in Tupelo, Miss., where Blakey spent some of her childhood.
“Elvis may have contributed to Marion’s interest in aviation, because she once had dinner on his private airplane,” Dave Franson, the head of the Aero Club said during her introduction. However “it wasn’t airborne, because it had been turned into a restaurant in Memphis.”