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Book Launch Day—It’s Official!

Today is the official launch of my book, Flying Alone. It is also the 75th anniversary of the first female-piloted jet flight by Ann B. Carl. Join me in remembering the achievements of this remarkable woman by reading Carl’s story...

An excerpt – Posting Bail

An excerpt from “Flying Alone” - Lineman gets drunk and steals airplane from the flight school

A Heroine for All Women – Ann Baumgartner Carl

The story of my heroine, Ann B. Carl, the first American woman to fly a jet in 1944. My memoir, “Flying Alone” will be officially announced on October 14, 2019, the anniversary of Ann Carl’s test flight of a jet fighter aircraft, making her the first woman to fly a jet.

Birth of a Book — The Life and Times of “Flying Alone”

It was an important week for me and my book. The joy of getting physical proof copies of Flying Alone in preparation for publication was over the top! When I first wrote the book, it was right after my aviation career had come to an abrupt end (more on that later). I put my heart… Continue reading Birth of a Book — The Life and Times of “Flying Alone”

The Captain’s Secretary

I've been thinking about some of the stories from my flying years. There were so many, but one in particular stands out after all these years. It was late winter in 1990. We arrived in St. Louis after the last flight of the third day of a four-day trip crisscrossing the United States. I was… Continue reading The Captain’s Secretary

The Backstories (1) — Why Fly?

My launch into the flying world right after college was partly impulsive, but it had also been planned for many years. Here’s a bit of the backstory...

Flying in the Fog (Part 1)

“What would you like me to call you?” I asked the uncomfortable question, unsure if it was even okay to ask. Should I call her Mrs. Onassis, or Mrs. Kennedy, or something else? “Jackie,” she said. Her response took me off guard. I said nothing more and helped her out of the small twin-engine prop… Continue reading Flying in the Fog (Part 1)

Flying broken airplanes…

I taxied into position and gave the door one more visual check before starting the takeoff roll. Confident I was now ready to get myself to Teterboro, I brought the power up. As I accelerated down the runway, I felt something holding the airplane back, some kind of resistance. My eyes darted around the instrument… Continue reading Flying broken airplanes…

An excerpt from “Flying Alone”…

...Steve sent me out to do the pre-flight inspection while he ate a ham and cheese sub at Rod’s desk. I’d picked it up for him when I made the afternoon liquor store run for Rod. The store was out of Rod’s favorite cigars, but there was plenty of whiskey, and he was now on… Continue reading An excerpt from “Flying Alone”…