Women flew in balloons before the Wright Brothers conquered powered flight. Soon after, they tested their skills in new-fangled flying machines. Women pilots taught male pilots to fly for two World Wars. Someone said, “A woman taught you to walk; a woman can teach you to fly.” Yet, it took 59 years for the first U.S. woman to become an airline pilot in jet-equipped craft – one special woman. To melt ingrained resistance, she brought many more flight hours than most male applicants and she understood well the value of cockpit teamwork and cooperation. That special woman was Emily Howell Warner. Early in 1973, Emily wove the winds of chance, of change, and of opportunity to give wing to her own flying career and to throw open cockpit doors to women who followed. Read about the challenges she faced and surmounted in her story, WEAVING THE WIND “The Sixties” were a catalyst for change. Science and technology developed mankind’s first excursion to the moon while voices for civil rights and women’s liberation clamored for an end to discrimination. For a young Denver flight instructor and chief pilot named Emily Howell Warner, three airlines chanced to be based in her home town: United, Frontier, and Continental. Emily was given the opportunity to teach hundreds of men to fly and to train as airline pilots yet, as a woman, she was denied the same career goals. With persistence, Emily managed to weave the winds of change and opportunity in January, 1973, when she became the first woman pilot hired by a U.S. air carrier, Frontier Airlines. Among many accolades earned over her career, Emily received the 2011 99s Award of Achievement for Contributions to Aviation. Read about it in an article published in the Crosswind Chatter by the Colorado Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. Signed by Emily and Ann Cooper WAI [Women in Aviation, International] notes Ann Cooper is both a commercial pilot and flight instructor. However, she is best known for promoting women in aviation as an aviation author. She has authored more than 700 magazine articles, acted as editor of aviation publications, and written several biographies. Ann co-authored “Tuskegee Heroes” and “How to Draw Aircraft Like a Pro.” Her biographies on women aviation pioneers include “Rising Above It” with Edna Gardner Whyte, “On the Wing” with Jessie Woods, “Fire and Air, a Life on the Edge” with Patty Wagstaff, “How High She Flies” with Dorothy Swain Lewis, and “Weaving the Winds” with Emily Howell Warner. WAI notes that Ann "is an author who has created works that inspire others – to dream, to fly, and to write."
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