ROMANII DIN AMERICA
SMARANDA BRAESCU ANNIVERSARY EVENT
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Saturday, October 15 2022,
VOXX Studios, 430 W. Cypress St., Glendale, CA 91204
Feature Documentary Movie:
Mandița Trilogy Summary
(in Romanian with English subtitles.)
The event will be in English. Free snacks and wine.
The event is on Eventtribe. Get your free tickets there.
Organizer: Ileana Costea, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Northridge (CSUN); American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (ARA) Interim President
Collaborator: Adrian Stoica, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Special Guests: Commander Laurențiu Buzenchi ARPIA President (Asociatia
Romana pentru Propaganda si Istoria Aviatiei / Romanian Association for the
Propagnda and History of Aviation), Colonel Cornel Mituț, the movie director of the
Mandiata Trilogy, and Cosmin Dumitrescu, General Consul of Romania in Los
The event is free but if you wish to make a tax-free donation to the American-Romanian Academy of Arts and
Sciences (ARA, non-profit organization) follow the steps: Go to the
main page of ARA link http://main.ara-as.org/about-us/who-are-we-2.
In that menu choose Benefactors (last item), then at
the bottom of that page you find the Donate button. Click on it.
We are looking for volunteers to help us with the events. If you wish to be one or have someone to recommend write to Ileana Costea at
For the Romanian community in the Los Angeles area
there also is another event (in Romanian) that will take place at "Presentation of Mary Romanian Catholic Church" -
5329 Sepulveda Blvd,
Sherman Oaks, CA 91411 Tel.:617-615-2352
(In Romanian) Hram de pomenire Smaranda Brăescu. Slujba incepe la orele
11:00AM Duminica 16 Octombrie 2022. O gustare este apoi oferita.
Join us if you are interested in the story of an extraordinary woman, way ahead of
her time; if you are interested in sports champions; if you are from the field of
aviation, either of skydivers or pilots; or if you just want to understand how a worldrenowned
champion was persecuted by the communist regime.
Meet an aviation delegation from Romania, watch a movie about the life of this
extraordinary woman, skydiver and pilot champion form the 1930’s. Smaranda
Brăescu was of Romanian origin, but is also an American sports champion: she
broke the world absolute (both for men and women) record in skydiving on
American soil, near Sacramento, in 1932, with an American Cesna plane, flown by
an American pilot. This year is the Anniversary of this record broke by Smaranda.
Many events took and still take place in Romania, Europe and in California (Los
Angeles, Sacramento, Hayward). The Romanian government has declared this year“Smaranda Brăescu year”.
The Romanian aviation delegation is lead by commander Laurentiu Buzenchi,
President of ARPIA Cluj “Smaranda Brăescu”.
The courage, perseverance and creative way of approaching a career reserved in
those days to men only, is inspiring. Through the brief presentations at the
beginning of the event, and the documentary movie that will follow you will learn
about the forgotten heroin, Smaranda Brăescu (known to friends and relatives as
Smaranda Brăescu wanted to become a pilot when the aviation was an “only man
field”. Her courage, creativity in approaching situations, and perseverance made
her take a smart detour and first proved herself in skydiving (world female record in Baragan field, Romania, 1931, then absolute (both for men and women) skydiging record near Sacramento.
Then Smaranda obtained a pilot license in the USA in 1932, being the first European
woman to do so. She finally reached her career goal making an important
achievement as a pilot in 1936, by crossing the Mediterranean Sea alone, with no
stops, in a single-engine plane. During World War II she volunteers for the sanitary
aviation troops (Escadrila Alba) transporting wounded people from the East front
to hospitals. Convicted to two years in prison for signing with other young people a letter of revolt against the falsification of the elections in Romania (1945) who made the communists win, she kept running in her plane, and was never found.
Smaranda Brăescu, a woman to be admired and always remembered. A woman way
ahead of her time.
A unique inspiring event not to be missed. There are so mani articles, mostly in English about Smaranda Brăescu
Wikipedia.en in English.
Wikipedia.ro in Romanian.
Smaranda Brăescu: The Girl with Her Head in the Clouds
Smaranda Brăescu: Romania’s “Queen of the Heights”
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