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Through 1917 she kept the school going at full capacity, training Royal Canadian Air Force pilots. Katherine and Edward assisted in this training program to establish a major contribution to World War I. Their students became known as " The Texas Escadrille" and Marjorie was affectionately called "The Flying Schoolmarm." This operation continued through 1918, when following the Armistice the school was closed.

During May, 1919, Marjorie did some flying with Edward at the Pan American Aeronautical Exposition at Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she won the trophy for women pilots. That may have ended the period of her active flying. She had held private flying license [[/strikethrough]] Number [[/strikethrough]] No. 1600.

In the spring of 1919 whe [[she]] went to Washington , D.C., where she became a draftsman with the Navy Department. [[strikethrough]] until [[/strikethrough]] In 1926 [[strikethrough]] when [[/strikethrough]] she transferred to the War Department, also as a draftsman, in one of their engineering departments. She remained there until retirement in 1936. Following this, Marjorie did considerable writing for aviation and other magazines. She died in Washington, D. C., April 15, 1975, at age 79.

Flying Pioneer, Early Bird Marjorie Stinson deserves great credit among the foremost early American women pilots. As one of the famous "Stinson Family" of aviation pioneers, she certainly contributed her share toward making that name a major part of early American aviation history. As an early instructor of the World War I era, her record equaled that of the best of the civilian flight instructors. Her name appears on the Wright Memorial Plaque at Dayton, Ohio.

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