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The White Rose of Stalingrad

I knew the only way to survive was to be ice inside, to feel absolutely nothing. – Pilot Klavdiya Pankratova of the 586th (Quoted from “A Dance with Death,” by Anne Noggle) By Kim Green Girl Soldiers An icy wind blasted the treeless waste of Engels airfield as the women of Aviation Group 122 assembled […]

Dive Bombers

Russian women combat pilots By Kim Green The Message On July 18, 1944, a solitary Petlyakov-2 bomber dropped out of formation, circled low over the burning town of Borisov, Byelorussia, and tossed out a small container. Citizens of the ravaged town soon found a container with an odd message inside, hastily scribbled on sewn-together strips […]

STS-112 — NASA Astronaut Pam Melroy

By Marcia K. Gitelman On October 7, 2002 STS-112 was launched from the Kennedy Space Center bound for the International Space Station.  The crew had two women in critical flight positions.  Pam Melroy, Pilot, assisted Commander Jeff Ashby.  Sandy Magnus functioned as Flight Engineer. This was Pam’s second flight as Pilot and Sandy’s initial experience […]

HISTORY OF THE AMELIA EARHART MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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 […]

Communication challenges – Gender patterns in talking

Authors: Mary Ann Turney and Ruth L. Sitler   Several years ago, we met at an Aviation Conference and discovered that we had an interest in research about women in aviation. We were both teaching aviation in the university setting and had noticed some uniqueness about our women students. Among the thoughts that we shared […]

Blanche Stuart Scott

Blanche Stuart Scott lived much of her life in Rochester, NY. On Sept 6th, 1910 she became the first American woman to solo an airplane. She was the only woman taught to fly by Glenn Curtiss in a Curtiss Pusher in Hammondsport, NY . Nicknamed the “Tomboy of the Air” Blanche was a unique and […]

Stability and Aircraft Control

By Dave Esser Reprinted from Woman Pilot magazine Stability is the resistance something exhibits against a displacement force, and has been touted in everything from personal relationships to the cosmic forces of the universe. In the context of aircraft, stability plays a key role in the ability to maintain control. The opposite of stability is […]

Turning Aerodynamics

By Dave Esser Reprinted from Woman Pilot magazine Student pilots are first taught the basics of straight and level flight. After practice the basics of aircraft control in keeping the shiny side up is mastered with relative ease. The newfound confidence is easily destroyed when the first turn is attempted. An airplane does not turn […]

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 […]