Doris Abbate had an infant and three toddlers at home when she soloed in 1959. This was on Long Island at Zahns Airport, Amityville. She flew in a J3 Piper Cub.
She earned her license in her own Tripacer, 8801C, followed by her commercial, instrument and instrument ground instructor ratings.
Doris competed in the Air Race Classic and the Garden State 300. She took first place in the USPFT New England Regional, advancing to the USPFT National Finalist in 1985.
In 1985 she served as a judge for thhe World Precision Flight Championship and the US Precision Flight Team.
Doris joined the 99s - the Greater New York Chapter in 1961 - and became a charter member of her Long Island Chapter in 1965.
She served on the Internation Board of directors as secretary 1988-90, International Director 1992-1994, and NY/NJ section governor 1986-1988.
She was recognized as an International Forest of Friendship honoree in 1982 and by New York State for Aerospace Community Service in 1987.
The Ninrty-Nines: Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow. Turner Publishing Co. 1996