North Island, San Diego, CA.
The Flying Pioneers
You will find a nice biography and photo of Marjorie
on the Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum site
by clicking on:
If you are interested in reading the biographies of some 40 other women,
I heartily recommend that you visit the index page by clicking on:
Women in Aviation and Space History
Marjorie Stinson, pioneer aviator, who gained national recognitions more than half a century ago as "the
flying school-marm" died Tuesday, April 15, 1975 at the age of 79 in Rogers Memorial hospital, Washington, D.C.
Miss Stinson, learned flying in the San Antonio, Texas, flight school founded by her mother. Also learning to fly at the school were her sister Katherine, her brother, Jack and her late brother Eddie, an outstanding airplane designer. In 1914 Marjorie received FAI Certificate No. 303.
She earned the title of "flying Schoolmarm" by training over 100 student pilots. The Stinson School of Flying closed in 1917 and the area it encompassed is now part of the San Antonio Municipal Airport.
From 1917 to 1928, Miss Stinson barnstormed at county fairs and airports across the nation. After she decided to quit flying, she moved in 1930 to Washington where she worked as a draftsman at the War Department for 15 years. She retired in 1945 and returned to her first love, aviation, devoting her time to research into the history of aviation.
Marjorie Stinson is survived by her sister, Katherine Stinson Otero of Santa Fe, N.M. and her brother, Jack B. Stinson of Woodside, N.Y.
She was cremated and her ashes were scattered over San Antonio Airport, where she learned to fly.