Friday, March 4, 2016

Celebrating Achievements

Many years ago (last century) a friend attended and EEO conference (Equal Employment Opportunity).  At one of the luncheons she had been seated by a lady who flew cargo planes for the military during WWII.  I was intrigued, and so began my education of women's achievements.  When I discover new and amazing stories, I tuck them away until I can take them out to savor and share.

The stories of early aviation are the stuff of legends.  People larger than life.  Fearless they pushed forward.  Many greats crashed and burned at very young ages, their stories hidden by time.

According to Wikipedia Betty Skelton was born in 1926.  In her lifetime she would set 17 aviation and automobile records.  She solo'd at the age of 12 and received her Civil Aviation Authority private pilot's license at 16.  At 18 she earned her Commercial Pilot's License and was certified as a flight instructor the following year.

The picture book biography "Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton" tells of her many exploits and achievements.  Her determination was daunting.

I wish that text book companies would include more stories like Betty Skelton for our students.  Here is to celebrating achievements great and small.  And for all the people who created opportunities for our dreams to soar.

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