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Инструкторката-рекордер почина на 102-год.возраст...

Postby brynner » 17 May 2012, 11:27

Evelyn B. Johnson, Pilot and Instructor, Dies at 102

NYtimes.com wrote:Evelyn Bryan Johnson last flew a plane in 2005. Two years later, she remained eager to get back behind the controls.

“It’s not the flying that’s the problem,” she said in an interview with USA Today. “It’s getting the prosthesis into the small planes. I’m working on it.”


But the loss of a leg and glaucoma conspired to end the flying career of the woman who at her death at 102, on Thursday in Jefferson City, Tenn., had piloted an airplane more hours than anybody else alive — 57,635.4 hours, or more than 6 1/2 years. No woman has flown more and only one man has. Neither have aeronautical giants like Chuck Yeager and John Glenn.

Don Beach, a pastor and flight instructor who will preach her funeral sermon, confirmed the death.

In 2002, Mrs. Johnson, then 92, was the oldest flight instructor in the world, according to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. She continued teaching for three more years. Born just six years after the Wright brothers’ first flight in 1903, she flew 5.5 million miles, equal to 23 trips to the moon...
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