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‘WASP Pilots’ Series Wins Combs-Gates Award

BRAG TIME! Sarah Wins Second Combs-Gates Award … and my THANKS to the National Aviation Hall of Fame for the honor! The National Aviation Hall of Fame (NAHF) proudly reports that Sarah Byrn Rickman’s two-volume work, “WASP Pilots,”  has earned its author the 17th Annual Combs-Gates Award. The award is presented for projects that reflect an…

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The 99s — Women Pilots — Mark 90 Years

Saturday night, November 2, I dined with 75-plus fellow members of The Ninety-Nines, Inc., the international organization of licensed women pilots.  A smattering of husbands, fondly known as 49-and-a-halfs, joined us.  Our host: the 99s Museum of Women Pilots (MWP), located in Oklahoma City. Our mission: to celebrate and remember the 99 women pilots who founded…

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The Historic Chocolate Soda Lives Again

A Visit to Atchison’s Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain When was the last time you had a chocolate soda at a real old-fashioned soda fountain? Think “old-fashioned” as when those of us of a certain age were kids or teenagers. Those soda fountains, as we knew them in “our” day, are rare today. The day before I left…

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The International Forest of Friendship

Welcome to The Forest of Friendship Atchison, Kansas, high on a bluff overlooking the west bank of the Missouri River, is the birthplace of Amelia Earhart. Nicknamed “Lady Lindy,” she is the aviatrix who has captured the hearts and admiration of countless women and girls over several generations — including yours truly. Because of Amelia…

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Sarah Wins Aviation Writing Award

Sarah’s Books Win Combs-Gates Aviation Writing Award Tuesday, September 10, lightning — the good kind — struck a second time. I learned that I had won my second Combs-Gates Award, this time for my two most recent books. BJ Erickson: WASP Pilot and Nancy Love: WASP Pilot, the biographies for younger readers 10 and up…

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38 WASP Died in WWII, 3 Were Original WAFS

Thirty-eight WASP perished performing their patriotic calling — flying for their country in World War II. All were young women, age 20 to early 30s — women whose futures would never be realized. Cornelia Fort, a southern gentlewoman from Tennessee, loved flying. She also was on her way to becoming a proven writer. Early on,…

The Originals — An Excerpt from Chapter 17

Nancy Batson — The PT-26 Trip to Calgary Colonel Tunner had four PT-26s — PT-19s with canopies — that needed to be delivered to the Canadian RAF near Calgary, Alberta, before Easter. It was now the Friday afternoon before Palm Sunday. Knowing the importance of the assignment, Colonel Baker chose his WASP squadron commander, Betty…

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