May 22, 1997 |
With its court-martial of 1st Lt. Kelly J. Flinn on hold, the Air Force on Wednesday raised the stakes in the high-profile case. Its chief of staff, Gen. Ronald Fogleman, made a point of saying that the first female B-52 pilot is accused of far more serious offenses than sex with a married civilian. "In the end, this is not an issue of adultery," Fogleman told the Senate Appropriations Committee in Washington. "This is an issue about an officer entrusted to fly nuclear weapons who lied.
February 16, 1994 |
Air Force Lt. Jeannie Flynn had never been one to buck the system. Even though she had graduated first in her pilot training class early last year, she knew the Air Force would turn down her request to fly its top fighter plane. Women were, after all, prohibited from serving in combat. When the expected denial came, Flynn quietly switched to Plan B and enrolled in a flight instructor course in California, hoping that some day the clouds would lift over her primary target.
May 10, 2001 |
They flew flimsy wood-and-canvas planes into hails of deadly flak and wore no parachutes. They preferred to commit suicide by crashing rather than be taken as POWs. Their German enemies dubbed the daredevil female Soviet pilots the Nachthexen: the Night Witches. For Russians, May 9--Victory Day, marking the defeat of the Nazis in World War II--is the most glorious holiday, when memories of the nation's past as a great power are revived.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1998 |
The love affair began when a 7-year-old girl went on a family outing after church one Sunday afternoon. Kim Ernst and her family sat snugly in a six-passenger airplane, soaring over Orange County landmarks such as the Disneyland Matterhorn. "I just remember being so in love," said Ernst, a Fullerton resident. "I didn't care if the plane ran out of fuel. I just wanted to stay up there forever." She vowed to return to the air, fulfilling that promise years later, when she got her pilot's license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1998 |
Katherine Sui Fun Cheung stepped onto the world's stage and into its heart in 1932, as the first licensed Asian American aviatrix in the nation. She was a barnstorming mother whose dream took a "hammerhead turn" as she began performing vertigo-inducing aerobatics across the country. She flew open cockpit planes upside down and is among the select few surviving the Golden Age of Aviation.
June 6, 1994 |
Twelve-year-old Vicki Van Meter soared up, up and away Sunday in a bid to cross the Atlantic in Amelia Earhart's path. Van Meter took off from Augusta State Airport, circled about 200 well-wishers below and dipped her wings before heading toward her first stop in Newfoundland. Her flight instructor is on board because she is too young to fly alone. "If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything," the sixth-grader from Meadville, Pa.