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A  Poem Dedicated to Betty Gillies

On Wings of Gold Fog shrouds the wings; dawn, but a shard of light. Twin engines labor, eager to unbridle the horses. Toes, hard on brakes, check the trembling aircraft. From the tower, “Cleared for takeoff.” Brakes off. Throttle to the firewall. Spine thrust back against the seat. Rolling, rumbling, reaching, Wheels eat up runway….

Betty Gillies WAFS Pilot  Debuts in Two Weeks!

Book Launch Thursday, October 15! You’re Invited Mary, my marketing manager (mary@buythebookmarketing.com) and I invite you to join us for Betty’s Book Launch Party — on ZOOM — Thursday, October 15th at 11 a.m. Mountain Time; 10 a.m. Pacific Time; 1 p.m. Eastern Time; and Noon Central Time. More about this in next week’s blog/newsletter. I…

WWII – WASP Ferry Planes Headed for Russia in 1944

Listen to My Podcasts: Bravo 369 — Warplanes to Siberia, Episode 6  This week’s blog is going to be short, but sweet. In it I’m offering links to TWO PODCASTS that I did last month. The originator of these podcasts is the Bravo 369 Flight Foundation and the guys in charge have become friends of mine:…

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Endowed Flight Scholarship in WASP’s Name

Maricopa College Honors WASP Bev Beesemyer *** Names Women’s Flight  Scholarship for Beesy *** The Beverly L. Beesemyer Endowed Scholarship for Women in Aviation is now a reality at Maricopa Community College, Phoenix AZ. Fritz and Derek Beesemyer have established this scholarship to honor their Aunt Bev and her fellow WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) of…

Guest Blog: In Covid Times, Check Out Home Schooling

Help! Need Solutions for School This Fall? Consider Experiential and Classical Christian Education  by Amy Rickman, Educator Time is precious! Life with our kids at home will only last so many years. Make each moment count! Our family has focused on home schooling as a lifestyle for 8 years.  Experiential learning — learning through real…

Betty Gillies WAFS Pilot — Coming October 15

Betty Gillies WAFS Pilot The Days and Flights of a World War II Squadron Leader By Sarah Byrn Rickman, from Flight to Destiny Press Release date: October 15, 2020 The sun creased the horizon. Suspended in the bubble-enclosed cockpit of the twin-engine, twin-tailed P-38 Lightning, the pilot pressed her toes hard against the brakes. The…

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International Women’s Air & Space Museum (IWASM)

IWASM: Centerville OH ’86-’98; Cleveland OH ’98 to Present “When did you first become connected with IWASM?” Heather Alexander, IWASM administrator asked me a few days ago. IWASM stands for International Women’s Air and Space Museum. “It was 1986,” I told her. The museum had just opened in Centerville, Ohio, three blocks from my home. I…

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My Mentor and Friend Nancy Batson Crews, Part 2

Our Dream, The Originals, Becomes a Reality Continued from last week: “We’ll get your interviews with the remaining WAFS,” Nancy Crews told me at the end of last Friday’s blog. “We’ll have a reunion in Birmingham. How soon are you available?” This was a woman who, over the previous 15 years, built a successful real…

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