Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The women pilots that history forgot

On November 15, 2016, Karla Pequenino of CNN had an article published in their Best of Travel section called "The women pilots that history forgot."
Here are the first three paragraphs:
More than 100 years after Harriet Quimby broke down barriers as the first woman to earn a pilot certificate, there are still very few women who choose flying as a career.
Worldwide, only 3% of airline pilots are women, the Royal Aeronautical Society said earlier this month.
Now, there's a move to change that."
Aviator Penny Hamilton has established an project called Teaching Women to Fly in an effort to encourage more women to go after a career as an airline pilot.

Author Laurie Norato has researched women pilots for a new book called Crossing the Horizon which was published in October 2016.. It's a novelized version of history - about three women and their co-pilots who attempted to fly across the Atlantic Ocean (before Amelia Earhart finally succeeded
The book can be purchased from Amazon, Barns & Noble, and other retailers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Profile: Alma Heflin - first American woman Test Pilot

Alma Heflin was born on September 2, 1910 in Winona, Missouri, and died in 2000. Her father was Irvin Heflin, her mother Nora Heflin nee Kelley.
Heflin learned to fly in 1934. While not flying, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington College in 1936.
In 1940, she and a friend, Margie McQuin, took a Piper Cub called Mister Shrdlu on a vacation to Alaska. She wrote an account of their trip in Adventure Was the Compass, published in 1942.
First of 6-page comic book story featuring Alma Heflin
She went to work as a test pilot for the Piper Aircraft Company, and test flew the Piper Cub. Her first flight as a test pilot was of a single wing two-seater on November 12, 1941. She also became the editor of Cub Flyer magazine.  

From Click Magazine
In 1943 when the WASP sent out a call for women pilots, Alma Heflin joined, but did not complete the program.

After the end of the war, she went on to earn her Master’s degree in Education from Eastern Washington College in 1949.
In 1949 she also published a second book, the semi-autobiographical novel Merry Makes a Choice, and in the same year married an Air Force Pilot named McCormick.
In 1953, Alma founded a department for helping severely mentally disabled children in the Tri-City Public Schools in Richland, Washington. In 1955 she was the co-founder and direction of the Adastra School for Gifted Children in Seattle, which she ran until 1964.
She went on to earn her PhD at Clayton University in 1977, and continued her career as a child psychologist.
A chapter of her book Adventure was the Compass can be found in the book Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight, edited by Joseph J. Com.  You can read it here:
Profile: Prabook
Test-pilots (Popular Mechanics, digitized at Google Books)