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APR 1 9 1975
Marjorie Stinson, 79, Dies;
Pioneer Stunt Flier, Mail Pilot

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Marjorie Stinson, 79, a pioneer flier and a member of a family of aviation pioneers, died Tuesday at Rogers Memorial Hospital of complications following a stroke. She lived a 338 8th St. NE. 
Holder of the ninth pilot's license issued in the United States to a woman, Miss Stinson was an early air mail pilot, a stunt flier and an instructor for hundreds of fledgling pilots. 
The latter role won her the title of "the flying schoolmarm," in the San Antonio, Tex., area where during World War I she gave flight and gunnery instruction to Royal Canadian Air Force cadets.
Miss Stinson, her sister Katherine Otero, and her brothers, Jack and Eddie, all learned to fly at the flight school founded in San Antonio in 1912 by their mother, Emma. 
Eddie Stinson, who learned to fly from his older sister Katherine, founded the Detroit-Stinson airplane company. 
When he died in 1932 of injuries suffered in an airplane crash in Chicago, he had been flying for 20 years and had spend more than 14,000 hours aloft, then a world's record. 
Mrs. Otero now resides in Santa Fe, N.M. Jack Stinson, the surviving brother, is an aeronautical engineer in New York. 
Miss Stinson was born in Alabama and reared in Canton, Miss., before the family moved to San Antonio. 
The land occupied by the Stinson flying school, which closed in 1917, is now part of the San Antonio Municipal Airport. A plaque there indicates the site of the old Stinson field used by the school. 
For about 10 years after the school closed, Miss Stinson was one of the band of stunt pilots who barnstormed across the country at airports and county fairs, helping to popularize the new aviation industry.
After she gave up flying, she came here in 1930, working as a draftsman at the War Department until retiring in 1845 [[1945]]. Later, she was active in research and in preparation of a projected book on aviation.
A picture of Miss Stinson, outfitted for flight, is on display at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.
She was a member of pioneering aviation organizations, including the Early Birds, comprised of aviators who acquired their licenses before Dec. 17, 1916, the 10th anniversary of the Wright Brothers' historic flight Kitty Hawk.

Transcription Notes:
I think there is a typo in the article, as it says, "she came here in 1930...until retiring in 1845." Do I leave the typo or fix it to 1945? - I corrected a couple of typos and added the date 1945 in double brackets.

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