Monday, March 17, 2008

Women in Aviation Hall of Fame Spotlight: Margaret Ringenberg

Women in Aviation Hall of Fame Spotlight: Margaret Ringenberg

The 2008 WIA Hall of Fame had 34 inductees: Nancy Harkness Love, Major Nicole Malachowski, Geradine "Gerry" Mock, and one group, the Woman's Section of the Air Transport Auxiliary, or WAT.

She has a chapter of her own in Tom Brokaw's book The Greatest Generation. The article from Aero-New (use link above) spotlights her.

Another link to read more about Ringenberg: www.girlscanfly.net/AboutMargaret.html

As for the other inductees, Nancy Harkness Love was the founder of the Women's Transport Auxiliary, before it was folded into the WASP under Jackie Cochran's watch, Major Nicole Malachowski was the first female member of the Thunderbirds (she has completed her tour and the Thunderbirds have another woman as part of the team, Major Samantha Weeks, who flies Lead Solo. thunderbirds.airforce.com/2008_USAF_Thunderbirds/2008_Team.html

Gerri Mock was the first woman to pilot an aircraft on a solo trip around the world. It took her 29 days on April 18, 1964. She also holds the women's nonstop distance record of more than 4,500 miles.

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