Katherine and Majorie Stinson
"Marjorie Stinson earned the title of "flying Schoolmarm" by training over 100 student pilots." - Frank Russo
When I began to talk about flying, she already had confidence in me. My mother never warned me not to do this or that for fear of being hurt, Of course I got hurt, but I was never afraid.— Katherine Stinson
In 1915 Katherine set records in aerobatics and in 1918 Marjorie was the first woman sworn by the Post Office as an air mail carrier. Marjorie established a flying school for men and women, and promoted aviation around the world and taught military men to fly. The Stinson Airport began in 1915 and continues into it's 100th anniversary.
"During WWI Katherine volunteered to fly combat mission for the US Army, but was rejected – twice, solely for being a woman. This was extremely frustrating for her, not to mention completely biased. At the time she was, no doubt, a better and more experienced pilot that some men serving the military, yet they still discriminated."-Cadogan, Mary. Women with Wings : female flyers in fact and fiction
"Marjorie Stinson was inducted into the U.S. Aviation Reserve Crops, as its only woman, in 1915. In 1916, with the war in Europe raging, the Royal Canadian Flying Corps began sending their cadets to the Stinson School for training. Stinson became known as "The Flying Schoolmarm" and her students as "The Texas Escadrille." The school closed at the end of the war in 1918 and Stinson became a draftsman with the Aeronautical Division of the U.S. Navy."-National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Fear, as I understand it, is simply due to lack of confidence or lack of knowledge—which is the same thing. You are afraid of what you don’t understand, of things you cannot account for.—Katherine Stinson