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Pioneering aviatrix among Hall of Fame entrants

Photo: Katherine Stinson.


The late Katherine Stinson and Col Gregory ‘Pappy’ Boyington were among the names enshrined in the US National Aviation Hall of Fame at a Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum ceremony on September 28 in Denver, Colorado. Katherine was the fourth female in the US to earn a pilot’s license, became the founder of the Stinson School of Flying in 1915, was the first woman to carry airmail, and set multiple distance and endurance records. Pappy, who died in 1988, became a fighter ace with the USMC during World War Two, gaining combat hours with the ‘Flying Tigers’ and as CO of VMF-214, the ‘Black Sheep’ squadron. Also honoured at the ceremony, the 57th of its kind, was Vietnam veteran Col Guion ‘Guy’ S Bluford, astronaut Brig Gen Charles M Duke, and Mrs and Mr Martha and John King– 40-year veterans of aviation instruction, and pioneers of related multimedia training programmes.

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