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Walking on AirThe Aerial Adventures of Phoebe Omlie$
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Janann Sherman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031243

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031243.001.0001

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Chapter Five

Chapter Five

(p.79) Chapter Five
Walking on Air

Janann Sherman

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on Phoebe’s job as the first woman to hold an executive position in federal aeronautics. Her work included inspecting airports and facilities; taking to pilots about safety issues and aircraft design; reporting on the design and safety work NACA engineers were doing at Langley Laboratory to pilots and manufacturers in the field; and making numerous speeches promoting private aviation, especially to women’s groups.

Keywords:   Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie, women pilots, federal aeronautics, aviation

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