Aviatrix from History

Aviatrix from History

Thanks, Andy Heins, for these beautiful photos. – Jackie Cochran set more speed and altitude records than any of her contemporaries, male or female. She not only became one of the world’s great aviatrixes but also one of the best pilots of either gender. – – – – – In the 1935 Bendix, Cecil Allen flew the Granville Brothers’ Gee Bee R-1/2 hybrid, NR2101¬†called the “Spirit of Right” from Burbank airport. Its name was related to a religious group that sponsored him for the race. Allen took off, departing in an early morning fog. The “Spirit of Right” crashed in a potato field about a mile east of the airport. While it might appear that the fog was a factor in his death, it is believed to be the weight and balance of the airplane that was the cause. Against the counsel of the Granville family, Allen installed a larger fuel tank well aft of the center of gravity. Upon takeoff, witnesses reported seeing the elevators in full deflection and the airplane behaving in an unstable manner. He was 31 years old at the time of his death....

Something New – Aviatrix From The Past!

Something New – Aviatrix From The Past!

I was presented with an opportunity recently that’s just too great to pass up and I hope you agree. As you probably know, our fun little group of women taildragger pilots is ALL about having fun flying them… right now… yesterday, today and tomorrow! This is a group that gets out there and does it and doesn’t just sit around talking about it. Granted, things happen for all kinds of reasons – you need to renew your medical, sold your plane, can’t afford a plane, can’t afford fuel, are out of annual, (you see where I’m going with this) but the bottom line is, we’re either out there doing it or we’re trying to get out there! So now that we’ve established we’re about the here and now, there’s a whole group of pilots we have to thank for pioneering this wonderful life we have and who have largely gone unrecognized. Andy Heins, Waco owner, aviation historian and avid collector of aviatrix photographs has collected thousands of photos from the ’20s, ’30s & ’40. Some are of famous women pilots from the past but most are images of women with no known history and whose names are often unknown. Andy has volunteered to periodically send us pictures from his stash along with any available documentation. Here are just a sampling of the fabulous photos Andy will be sending our way! Sometimes you’ll see them on the Home page but you can always find them under the new heading “Aviatrices History” under the header picture. Hope you enjoy them as much as I’m going to! – – – Alice Dupont...

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