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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…

Bessie Coleman, America’s First Black Aviatrix (Woman Pilot)

A Tribute to Bessie Coleman for Black History Month Black History Month, February 2008, my daughter-in-law asked me to suggest a notable African American woman on whom my granddaughter, Katie, might do a report for her kindergarten class. (Bessie Coleman’s photo courtesy the Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots, Oklahoma City) I didn’t have to think…

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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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