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Merriam Smith Letter.pdf
Shortly after her return from her round-the-world flight, Joan Merriam Smith wrote this letter to her friend Faye dated May 23, 1964. She listed out her intentions for the flight, her frustrations with the media portrayal of her flight, and the…

In 1964, Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine plane. In honor of her achievement, The Works, a museum of industry in Newark, Ohio, unveiled a sculpture of Mock outside their building. The…

Columbus, OH native Jerrie Mock carried signed envelopes known as First Day Covers with her during her historic 1964 world flight. She left Columbus on March 19, 1964 in a used Cessna plane that she named Charlie and returned on April 17, 1964 to…

Pilot Ann H. Pellegreno carried this First Day Cover during her 1967 Round-the-World flight. She and her three-person crew followed Amelia Earhart's planned path around the equator in honor of the 30th anniversary of the disappearance of Earhart and…

Joan Merriam Smith carried this First Day Cover on her historic 1964 Round-the-World flight. She took off from Long Beach, CA on March 17, 1964 and followed Amelia Earhart's intended path around the equator. When Smith returned to California on May…

Left to right: Burke Lakefront Airport Commissioner Michael Barth, IWASM Director Joan Hrubec, IWASM President Connie Luhta, Cheryl Ginsberg (granddaughter of Connie Luhta’s 1966 Powder Puff Derby co-pilot Janet Page) Cuyahoga County Commissioner…

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A group of Ninety-Nines gathers in a hotel room during the 1976 Ninety-Nines Convention to discuss the proposed Ninety-Nines Museum, which would later become IWASM.

IWASM's first president Doris Scott sits reclined on the bed in the center,…

The IWASM Board meeting attendees at the May 1991 Annual Meeting. The meeting took place in the exhibit area of the Asahel Wright Home, Centerville, OH.

From left to right, front row: Sarah Byrn Rickman, Bernice "B" Steadman, Nancy Hopkins Tier,…

A letter written on flowered stationery and placed in a memorial book at Ruby Wine Sheldon's funeral. The letter is signed Kristen Walters.

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

A tan dress worn by Ruby as a child.


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

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


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

Very small compass used by Ruby throughout her travels

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.

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


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

Coverall worn by Ruby during her employment with the US Geological Survey

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

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

Black and white photograph of seven Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) pilots, all in uniform, walking across an airfield with multiple planes in the background. in the foreground of the image is the nose and propeller of a single-engine…

Black and white photograph of Martha Ann Reading (laying under wing) and Geraldine "Jerri" Sloan Truhill (squatting next to plane) working on their plane before the 1958 All-Woman Transcontinental Air Race, also known as the Powder Puff…

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Black and white photograph of Jackie Cochran, wearing trousers and suit blazer with a lapel pin visible, standing in front of the propeller of her Staggerwing Beech plane. The engine has flowers draped over it. Jackie is holding something in her left…

Ruth Nichols sits atop a house's stone stoop on a sunny day. The famous female pilot sports a full skirt, large beret hat, and a smile.
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