Friday, January 7, 2011

Neta Snook

And speaking of Amelia Earhart, let's dispel that common assumption that she was the first and greatest early aviatrix. Amelia's mentor and teacher was also a woman - one Neta Snook.

Neta was the first female aviator in Iowa, the first female student accepted at the Curtiss Flying School of Virginia (only after being persistent - her first application came back stamped "no females allowed"), the first woman to run her own aviation business and the first woman to operate a commercial airfield.

Yet her name is forgotten in the pages of history to all but the most avid aficionados of early 20th century aviation.

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