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[[stamp]] Q 1971 - 8 [[/stamp]]

Early Wright Exhibition Pilot - Instructor
First Licensed Woman Wright Pilot in the World
[[strikethrough]] Third Licensed Woman Pilot in the United States [[/strikethrough]]


Katerine Stinson was born at Fort Payne, [[strikethrough]] Mississippi [[/strikethrough]] ALABAMA. She attended local schools and developed an early interest in music. She dreamed of a career as an accomplished pianist but was not financially able to have an advance musical education. She then began to read about the big prize money early aviators were making and this seemed to be a way she might earn the means to further her musical education.

She started to enthusiastically investigate the possibilities of learning to fly, and made a balloon ascension with Lt. H.E. Honeywell at Kansas City, Missouri on August 31st, 1911. That fall she enrolled for a flying course at the Kansas City Flying School which folded up shortly after she became a student, so she went to St. Louis where she had her first plane ride with Tony Jannus in a Benoist plane at Kinloch Field on January 21st, 1912. She then enrolled as a student but this seemingly did not work out so she went to Chicago in March to investigate schools there.

A small frail girl, there was general doubt of her ability to ever handle a plane. The Mills school rejected her application, but later Max Lillie took her on as a student when he started his spring class at Cicero Field in May. Also in 

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