Katherine Stinson  
"May be from her exhibition tour of Japan, in 1917."
Photo & Text from Roy Nagl, 2-22-04
Ancient Aviators Website
  Biography Katherine in Japan
Katherine in Canada


Katherine Stinson
Cover Photo Courtesy of Russel Naughton
The Aviation Pioneers Webpage
By Debra L. Winegarten
Flying was a dangerous pursuit in 1912, and many would-be pilots were killed. But Katherine Stinson was determined to fly. Because she was a woman, she had to prove herself constantly. But she persisted, and soon she was a pioneer of the skies. Her name became a household word-"the Flying Schoolgirl" was as famous as any movie star.
Stinson racked up many "firsts"-first precision flyer, first to do pre-flight inspections, and first to fly solo at night. She also invented night skywriting and amazed audeinces in Japan and China. Together with her family, she established an airfield and flight school in San Antonio, Texas, and assembled and sold high-quality aircraft. This moving, inspiring story captures the proud spirit of a modern dreamer and daredevil who helped shape the art of aviation.
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Katherine Stinson, the Flying Schoolgirl
by Debra L. Winegarten

Katherine Stinson
High Flyer

By Neila Skinner Petrick
Illustrated by Daggi Wallace


From the first time she saw the Wright Flyers airplanes, Katherine Stinson knew she wanted to become a pilot. But she had trouble finding someone to teach her how to fly because everyone told her she was too young and too small. Finally, when she found a pilot willing to train her, she not only excelled as a solo flyer, but she also became the fourth American woman licensed to fly.

Earning the nickname "the Flying Schoolgirl," Katherine performed at exhibitions in California, sets distance records, flew in Japan, China, and Canada, and later opened a flying school in San Antonio, Texas. Even when the U.S. Army would not allow her to fly in Europe, she used her exhibition skills to raise over two million dollars for the Red Cross. Throughout her life, Katherine Stinson Otero's high morals and high spirits always prevailed, as she was never one to take no for an answer. Her adventurous spirit lives on in the many schools, airplanes, and monuments named after her and she remains an inspiration to us all.

An accomplished author, video writer, and producer, Petrick has won national and regional awards for her work, including the silver medal at the New York Film & Video Festival, the Associated Press Managing Editors Award for writing, and two Matrix awards. Petrick received her bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her master of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies at the University of Texas in Dallas. She lives in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, Tom. Jane Wilkinson Long: Texas Pioneer, also published by Pelican, was Ms. Petrick's first book for children.

Daggi Wallace is a self-taught artist and illustrator. Her art work has appeared in Pockets, Pastel Artist International, and International Artist magazines and is included in many private collections and art exhibitions. Daggi lives with her two daughters in Dallas, Texas, where she teaches art workshops and gives painting demonstrations.

     High Flyer
By Neila Skinner Petrick
Illustrated by Daggi Wallace
32 pp. 8 x 11
31 color illus. Ages 5-8
ISBN: 1-58980-368-X $15.95
ISBN-13: 9781589803688

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Katherine Stinson Otero died in 1977
From The Early Birds of Aviation
Roster of Members
January 1, 1996

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