“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 wanted to be a piano player. So to make money for lessons, she earned a pilot’s certificate, which she was going to use to teach others to fly. But she fell in love with flying and decided to become an aviator instead.
She became the first woman in the U.S. to deliver airmail in 1918 at the age of 27.