Archive for Biography

Moscow Russia – Aviatrissa 2004 Newsletter

Aviatrissa – Russian Women Pilots – Moscow –  2004 Elizabeth Brock, Editor   Welcome everyone to the 2nd issue of the Russian 99s Newsletter. Let me start out by thanking everyone who made the May trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg such a wonderful experience. The article about the trip from the July/August issue of our […]

Air Tanker Pilot

by Marie Ramos It’s not just cross wind landings anymore,” Lynn Mc Grew, first female air tanker pilot for the California Department of Forestry (CDF), tells us. “It’s getting in over the fire and maneuvering the airplane to drop the retardant exactly where they need it. Then extending the drop out as far as you […]

Dorothy “Dot” Swain Lewis WASP WWII

Pilot, horsewoman, artist and teacher, designed bronze sculptures for Jacquline Cochran Airport in California and Highground Veteran’s Memorial Park in Wisconsin  By Bobbi Roe Dorothy Swain Lewis, Woman Airforce Service Pilot WWII, created sculptures to honor fellow WASP. Her first sculpture, a full size WASP in training, is in the Wishing Well at Avenger Field […]


By Pat Prentiss, Past President of the Ninety-Nines Most of us know the scholarship fund exists, but not too many of us know its history. So, I thought I would share a few tidbits with you. For several years following Amelia Earhart’s last flight from Lae, New Guinea on July 3, 1937, the Ninety-Nines were […]

In Memoriam Kalpana Chawla 7/01/1961 – 2/01/2003 STS-107 Columbia

 By Marcia K. Gitelman Kalpana Chawla or KC, as she was known to her friends and fellow astronauts, was born in India, the third girl in a family of four children.  This shaped her destiny, as all of her life she was determined “not to be just another girl”.  She eventually became the second astronaut […]

VIDEO: Hanna Reitsch, The First Woman Astronaut and Test Pilot, Part Two

Hanna Reitsch, Nazi Germany’s celebrated woman test pilot who had flown the VI rocket bomb in sub orbital flight in the early 1940’s — 20 years before the first American spaceman — was actually history’s first astronaut. Hanna started with gliders. Her passion for the air soon overtook her interest in medicine, and she left […]

Flying Corporate: Wisdom from a Pro

Katha’s 23 years as a corporate pilot began at a time when few women flew for pay, muchless paid corporate flying.

VIDEO: VI COWDEN ~ Womens Airforce Service Pilot (WASP)

VI COWDEN was in the Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) ferrying fighter planes for the war effort. She had gotten her pilots license before the war while living in South Dakota, then joined the Army Air Corps as a civilian contract employee. She lived in military housing on the base in Dallas, Texas. The WASPs […]

Against Prevailing Winds – The Remarkable Life of Beryl Markham

West with the Night, the autobiography that introduced me to the extraordinary woman, Beryl Markham, chronicles her Kenyan childhood and her historic, solo flight across the Atlantic from east to west

Col. Susan Helms, USAF

Col. Susan Helms, USAF

Susan Helms was a crewmember on Discovery launched on March 8, 2001 from the Kennedy Space Center.