Woman Receives Pilot License
Katherine Stinson was born in Fort Payne, Alabama in 1891. When she was 19 she was playing piano and thought that is she learned to fly, she could earn money in exhibition flying to pay for music lessons. She went to St. Louis to take flying lessons from a pilot for the Wright Brothers who didn’t want to teach her because she was female but she was so good that she flew alone after only four hours of instruction. On the exhibition circuit she is called “The Flying Schoolgirl.”
On July 24, 1912 Katherine Stinson became the 4th woman in the US to receive a pilot’s license from the Aero Club of America.