On Friday, July 1, we had the pleasure of taking 87-year old Bonnie Jeanne Scholes for a flight in our Travel Air 12W. Jean visited our museum back in May at the airport’s pancake breakfast and mentioned that she was, “…the first woman to land at Brodhead Airport. In 1945!”
Jeanne told many stories of her flying career that started at age 15 at the Beloit Airport flying PT-19s, Stearmans and many other aircraft. She stopped flying after she got married in the late 1940s but continued to fly throughout the years with her husband Al, who was a corporate pilot.
We invited her to take a ride with us, and she very enthusiastically accepted. We haven’t seen anybody as excited for an airplane ride in a very long time. Check out the video below and watch the big smile and thumbs up at the end. What a hoot!