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Early California Aviatrix 

Helen Hodge was born in Omaha, Nebraska, August 2, 1890. Upon completion of [[strikethrough/]] grand [[/strikethrough]] grade and high schools she attended a girls' fishing seminary, Brownell Hall, in Omaha. After moving to California she and Ralph B. Newbre were married in Oakland in June, 1909. Later two daughters were born to this marriage. 

While the Christoffersons were operating their flying school at neighboring Redwood City in 1916 she became seriously interested in learning to fly, but was rejected as a possible student because she was a woman. She was determined, however, and hung around the school until her persistence wore them down and they agreed to accept her as a student, [[strikethrough/]] IF [[/strikethrough]] if she would take the same course of training as the men, shop work included. 

She was delighted, donned overalls and started the study and maintenance of engines and construction of planes. She did this work thoroughly and well, then started flying instructions on a Curtiss-type Christofferson-built plane at Redwood City from her instructor Frank Bryant. In late October while on a practice flight her propeller flew apart in the air, but she kept her head and coolly made a safe landing, without damage to the plane. She proved to be an exceptional pupil, and on November 12, 1916 flew her license tests, receiving F.A.I. Certificate No. 633. Following this she continued to fly purely for pleasure for some time.

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