Ruby Wine Sheldon Collection


Ruby Wine Sheldon Collection


United States National Geological Survey
Whirly-Girls, Inc.


After a dedicated career in photography, Ruby Wine Sheldon pursued a career in aviation by achieving her pilot's license in her late 40's. After instructing for some time Ruby took on an even greater challenge by becoming an employee to the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resource Division in which she flew countless different types of aircraft. Ruby had become the first civilian - man or woman - to achieve an instrument instructor rating for helicopters. After her career with the U.S. Geological Survey Ruby continued to be active in aviation by participating in numerous air derbies. Ruby's life brought great encouragement to other women interested in the field of aviation and many of her memorable items from her life were donated to the museum by her niece, Jeanine Wine, in 2015.


Ruby Wine Sheldon Collection at the International Women's Air & Space Museum donated by Jeanine Wine


Ruby Wine Sheldon Collection, International Women's Air & Space Museum


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Collection Items

Ruby's Helmet Set
Helmet worn by Ruby during her flights with the U.S. Geological Survey

Aviation Handheld Transceiver Set
Aviation Handheld Transceiver Set used by Ruby during her time with the US Geological Survey

Green Coveralls with "Ruby" Nametag
Coverall worn by Ruby during her employment with the US Geological Survey

US Geological Survey Mukluks
Mukluks warn by Ruby during her employment with the US Geological Survey

Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame Medallion
Ruby was presented with this medallion when she was inducted to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame

Air Race Classic Heroes Plaque
Ruby was awarded this plaque after participating in 26 air races. Ruby has numerous Air Race Classic Medallions with her collection along with various scrapbooks from participating in the races.

Mini Compass
Very small compass used by Ruby throughout her travels

"AIDJEX75" Styrofoam Cup
One of the 2 Styrofoam cups submerged in the Arctic. The cups shrunk to a drastically small size.

Ivory Bear
Statue of a bear made by a Native American while in Alaska

Native American Basket
A handmade Native American basket collected by Ruby during her travels. There are many other Native American pieces within the collection.

Little Ruby's Tan Dress
A tan dress worn by Ruby as a littler girl.

Pre-Flying Ruby
A photograph of Ruby on a boat assumed to be taken before she started flying

Tribute Letter
Memory written to Ruby at her memorial service. There are more of these within the collection.
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