Bobbi Trout Skips The Dishes And Sets A Record

February 10, 1929 Bobbi Trout dueled with Elinor Smith for the title of longest flight by a woman. Trout took off from Mines Field in Los Angeles and landed 17 hour 5 minutes later. Newspapers proclaimed “Tomboy’ Stays in Air 17 Hours to Avoid Washing Dishes.”

Elinor would settle the score in April with a flight that lasted over 26 1/2 hours, a record that still stands. Elinor and Bobbi were friends and with Elinor at the controls and Bobbi at the gas line they became the first women to refuel a plane in flight.
l. to r. Elinor and Bobbi

Happy Birthday Peggy Whitson!

February 9, 1960 Peggy Whitson was born in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Whitson, a biochemistry researcher, became the first woman to command the International Space Station. She is NASA’s most experienced astronaut with over 376 days in space, spread across two high-endurance missions.

Suni In Space- Sunita Williams

February 8, 2007 Astronaut Sunita Williams performed a spacewalk from the International Space Station. Astronaut Eileen Collins noted “she truly is a space marathoner who shows young women everywhere that there’s a place in the space program for them.”

Williams had launched aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a part of Expedition 14. By April the crew rotated but Williams remained, becoming part of Expedition 15. During this mission Williams would complete four spacewalks totaling 29 hours, 17 minutes outside the spacecraft. Her 195 days in space and hours outside set new records for women.

Wedding Bells Chime For Amelia Earhart

February 7, 1927 Amelia Earhart married publisher and promoter George Putnam. Having successfully published Charles Lindbergh’s biography, Putnam “discovered” Earhart and vowed to make her into a “Lady Lindy”. Their turbulent marriage was portrayed in the film AMELIA.

l. to r. Amelia, George and Elinor Smith, at banquet honoring Smith, courtesy of Smith family

Emily Hanrahan conquers the frontier

February 6, 1958 Emily Hanrahan took her first flying lesson. By August she’d earned her pilot’s license, even though she had yet to qualify for a driver’s license. Hanrahan built up her flight hours and complex aircraft ratings, and in 1972 she applied to fly for Frontier Airlines, becoming the first US woman pilot at a major airline. Read an inspirational article about Emily Hanrahan at http://bit.ly/dS5X5e

Soar Evelyn Sharp!!!

February 4, 1935 Sixteen-year-old Evelyn Sharp earned her pilot’s license. By age 18 she became the youngest person to hold a commercial license. A flight instructor and barnstormer, Sharp was the first female air mail pilot.

What A Relief- Ruth Nichols To The Rescue

February 2, 1940 Record breaking pilot Ruth Nichols became Executive Director of Relief Wings, a humanitarian air service for disaster relief. When WWII broke out, Relief Wings became part of the Civil Air Patrol and Nichols became a lieutenant colonel in the CAP. After the war she organized a mission in support of UNICEF and became an advisor to the CAP on air ambulance missions.

Don’t Stop Mildred Hemmons Carter!

February 1, 1941 Mildred Hemmons Carter earned her pilot’s license. Carter entered the Tuskegee Institute at age 15, receiving a degree in Business and becoming the first woman to graduate from the elite Cadet Pilot Training Program. However, when she applied to Jackie Cochran to enter the WASPs she was turned away on the grounds of race.

Elinor Smith Soars To Her First Endurance Record

January 30, 1929 In temperatures bitter enough to freeze her hot chocolate, Elinor Smith took off from Mitchel Field. She flew on until a broken stabilizer forced her to land, but set a new women’s endurance record of 13 hours, 16 minutes, and 45 seconds. She was only 17 years old.