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Cornelia Fort, Finalist in IBPA Benjamin Franklin Book Awards!

Cornelia Takes Flight Again! Friends, I gotta brag – again! Cornelia Fort WAFS Pilot: Her Life for Her Country has been named a finalist in the 36th Benjamin Franklin Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) competition. The festivities and announcement of winners takes place, April 26, in Denver, Colorado. (Close to home!) I plan to be…

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Emily Warner, Pioneer Woman Airline Pilot, Flies West

American Aviation Has Lost a Giant Emily Hanrahan Howell Warner — born in Denver, Colorado, October 30, 1939 — made history. The first female pilot hired by a major U.S. scheduled airline, Emily took her final flight west on July 3, 2020. Bea Khan Wilhite, former president of the Colorado Aviation Historical Society and Emily’s…

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1961: A Woman in Space?

12 More Women Pilots Pass Dr. Lovelace’s Tests Continued from last week — June 5 post Dr. Randolph Lovelace now had 12 more women pilots who qualified for the testing the first seven male astronauts had undergone. The 12 joined with Jerrie Cobb in the program that came to be known as the Mercury 13….

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1957: A Woman in Space?

The Space Race: Who Gets to Go First? In 1957, when the space race began, aviation was a man’s field. On October 4, that year, the world was turned on its head, never to be the same again. The Russians launched Sputnik 1 and space flight was born. The 23-inch-in-diameter sphere with two sets of…

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Yes, Mom Flew a Helicopter in the First Gulf War (Part 3)

Women Flew Combat Support in Desert Storm “In Desert Storm, women were allowed to do combat support and combat service support,” Vicky Calhoun explained in last week’s Blog. “Then into the 1990s, the Air Force let women into fighter aircraft. That helped erode the Army argument that women couldn’t fly combat aircraft. “Now women military…

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Mom Flew Helicopters in Desert Storm (Part 2)

Air Assault: A Battalion of Chinooks Launch Last week’s post concluded with these two paragraphs: On January 15, 1991, the United Nations gave Saddam Hussein an ultimatum to withdraw from Kuwait. He didn’t budge, and on January 17, U.N. forces led by the U.S. attacked Iraq. Desert Shield had become Desert Storm, and a five-week…

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This Mom Flew Helicopters in Desert Storm

The First Gulf War Army Chinook Pilot Looks Back on Her Service Part I:  The three part story of one Desert Storm helicopter pilot. Captain Victoria Calhoun sat on the “ass end” of her CH-47D Chinook helicopter—parked nose to tail with Alpha Company’s other 15 choppers. The night was clear, the stars looked close enough…

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Sarah’s “Flight to Destiny” Now On Amazon Kindle

Flight to Destiny – Pearl Harbor Revisited All of Pearl Harbor was spread out in front of Annie. The water itself appeared to be on fire. Japanese planes zoomed back and forth, diving, climbing, turning, shooting at everything that moved — planes, boats, trucks, cars, bicycles, people. Recall Reading These Words Back in January? They…

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