The perennial cry to “Save Earth” is odd. Planet Earth survives massive asteroid strikes — it’ll survive anything we throw at it. But Life on Earth will not.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist)
VSS Unity flew beautifully, going supersonic for the first time under rocket power in Mojave, California on 5th April, 2018.
Photo Courtesy: NASA
Sally Ride was born on May 26th, 1951 in Encino, CA. Older of two daughters, her interest in science grew at an early age. She went on to get a bachelor of science in Physics, a bachelor of arts in English, a master of science and a PhD in physics from Stanford University.
When NASA was looking for woman astronaut candidates in 1977, Sally Ride was one of the six women selected. She became the first American woman in space when she flew aboard Space Shuttle Challenger on June 18th, 1983.
She made two shuttle flights, and later became a champion for science education and a role model for generations. She wrote five science related children’s books and co-founded, Sally Ride Science, to encourage children, especially girls, to study science.
She died of cancer in 2012.
March is Women History Month & Women of Aviation Month.
Love in the Clouds
Photo Courtesy: Smithsonian
Suzanne Asbury-Oliver is the only professional female skywriter in the world. She started flying gliders when she was only 14, soloing at 15 and by the time she was 18, she was a Certified Flight Instructor.
She has been skywriting the skies of United States and Canada for Pepsi Cola Company since 1980. In fact, she met her husband Steve Oliver at the Kentucky Derby while she was skywriting for Pepsi and he was banner towing advertisements in his 1941 Stearman. She and her husband own their own plane and skywriting business called Olivers Flying Circus.
March is Women History Month and Women of Aviation Month.
First Women to Fly
Blanche Scott was the first women to drive across the United States and the first women to fly.
Born in 1889, Blanche Scott’s life spanned from the era of airplane invention, to seeing the first man walk on the moon. In an age when women couldn’t vote and their place was considered to be at home, she became the first woman to drive across the US. There were only 218 miles of roads outside the cities.
Photo courtesy Wikepedia: Blanche Stuart Scott seated at the controls of a Curtiss Model D, circa early 1910s.
Some aviation firsts:
- She became the first women to take a shot solo hop in the air, when an aircraft she was taxing lifted off the ground.
- She was the first and only women to receive flight instruction from Glenn Curtiss.
- She made her first public flight in October 1910.
- She set the women’s long distance record for flight of 10 miles and later 25 miles in 1911
- She became the first women test pilot in America, the first woman stunt pilot or The Tomboy of the Air
- She played the lead role in The Aviator’s Bride, the first movie about flying
- She was also the first women passenger to ride in a passenger jet
March is Women History Month, and Women of Aviation Month.
Whatever the freedom we ownSomebody has striven and tried for it;By war through the years it has grownBy strength of the men who have died for it;Each stone in the structure of truth–Some one has made ready and right for it.Some one has spent heart’s blood and youth,Some one has been willing to fight for it.Not always has blood been the payBut always a price has been paid for it;The worth of achievement to-dayIs gauged by the struggle we’ve made for it.There need not be rancor or hateNor bitterness, terror and blight for it,But nothing is worthy or great,Unless you are willing to fight for it.You cannot buy progress with gold(You get but the emptiest shell of it);But to win it and earn it and holdYou must go through the heat and the hell of it,You must suffer the sweat and the pain,You must toil all the day and the night for it,For nothing worth while you can gainUnless you are willing to fight for it.–Berton Braley (Virtues in Verse)
In the End,
we will remember not the words of our enemies,
but the silence of our friends.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.