Nellie Zabel Willhite Won’t Stay On The Ground

January 13, 1928 Though deaf from a childhood case of measles, Nellie Zabel Willhite soloed after only 13 hours of flight instruction. She became a noted stunt pilot and helped plan the first Powderpuff Derby. She said “Even though I could barely hear the engine roar, I could tell right away if anything was wrong – just from the vibrations.”