Women air pilots -- United States
World War II
Ruth Nichols, pioneer female pilot and future lieutenant colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, uses the back end of a plane as a hard surface to write. On either side of her or two men in suits. On the plane is the logo for Relief Wings, a civilian air service that Nichols headed in 1939. This service assisted the Civil Air Patrol during the second World War and went out on emergency relief flights. It was due to her service with Relief Wings that Nichols earned her lieutenant colonel ranking.
Ruth Nichols Photograph Collection, International Women's Air and Space Museum
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IWASM, “Relief Wings,” International Women's Air & Space Museum, accessed September 23, 2021, https://iwasm.omeka.net/items/show/1567.