- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Erin Connor admits she “like[s] to make an entrance anywhere I go,” and Sunday was no exception.

That’s when the reigning Miss Vermont touched down at an Atlantic City airport at the rudder of her own private plane, arriving in advance of the Miss America competition, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Of course, beauty queens don’t travel light and Miss Connor’s aircraft of choice, reportedly a Piper Arrow, has a baggage capacity of about 200 pounds, so the beauty queen’s luggage had to ride separately, in her father’s car, THR reported.

According to her official Miss America pageant bio, Miss Connor, who flew solo across the United States at the young age of 17, at first was plagued by an “apprehension to fly as the youngest student, and only woman” in her class. That fear, “almost cost her dream of flying.”

“Erin’s goal as Miss America is to ensure that no girl stalls her own dreams from perceived fears of gender limitations,” the bio continues. “That is why she created Tailwinds, a program that targets adolescents with flight camp and interactive aviation career lessons. Together, Miss America and Tailwinds can expand the organization’s reach and promotion of STEM, while Erin continues to share the legacy of the strong women that came before her. Erin believes in the power of each young person to identify a dream and to achieve it.”

The Miss America competition will air Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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