Book Launch Day—It’s Official!
Today is the official launch of my book, Flying Alone. It is also the 75th anniversary of the first female-piloted jet flight by Ann B. Carl. Join me in remembering the achievements of this remarkable woman by reading Carl’s story...
I would like to introduce you to one of my heroes, or rather, heroines, Ann Baumgartner Carl, an extraordinary woman–and aviatrix–for her time and for all time. She was the first American woman to fly a jet! But let’s go back to the beginnings…
Imagine you are a young girl in grade school around 1930, and one day a woman named Amelia Earhart comes to your school to talk about her career. You
Over the next few years, Ann and her father would go to Newark Airport to watch the mail planes taking off and landing, finding excitement in the new mode of transportation. Ten years later, after graduating from Smith College in Massachusetts as a pre-med major, Ann followed through on her decision and learned to fly at a small local airport in New Jersey. It was about that same time when a friend encouraged her to consider joining the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program and, in early 1943, Ann applied and
As a bomber test pilot, Ann flew the big ones — the B-17, B-24, and B-29, even a captured German Junkers Ju-88. But it was as a fighter aircraft test pilot that Ann would fly the new
At Wright Field
Ann recalls him saying to her, “I’m fascinated by the jet. What a simple means of propulsion. How [Wilbur and I] worked and reworked our first little pusher engine. Aviation will soar ahead, though its progress between our 1903 flight and today still takes my breath away. Women even fly military planes now!… You
This is just a tiny snippet of Ann’s