Geraldine "Jerri" Sloan Truhill and Martha Ann Reading

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Title

Geraldine "Jerri" Sloan Truhill and Martha Ann Reading

Subject

Women air pilots -- United States

Description

Geraldine “Jerri” Sloan Truhill kneels to polish the wing of a Beech Bonanza plane while her co-pilot, Martha Ann Reading, lays underneath the plane. The women are preparing the Beechcraft Bonanza H-35 for the 12th All Women's Transcontinental Air Race (AWTAR) in 1958. The women were both well-known aviatrixes. Truhill was one of the thirteen women who passed all of the astronaut tests given at the Lovelace Clinic in 1961, making her a member of the Mercury 13. Reading was the first female Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol. Both women were members of the Texas Ninety-Nines.

Creator

Photo Courtesy of Jerri Truhill

Source

IWASM Original Photo Collection, International Women's Air and Space Museum

Date

ca. 1958

Contributor

Heidi Fearing/Kimberly Cole

Rights

Online access is provided for research purposes only. For rights and reproduction requests contact the International Women's Air & Space Museum at info@iwasm.org

Identifier

Original Photo No. 624

Coverage

San Diego, California

Citation

Photo Courtesy of Jerri Truhill, “Geraldine "Jerri" Sloan Truhill and Martha Ann Reading,” International Women's Air & Space Museum, accessed August 11, 2020, https://iwasm.omeka.net/items/show/1638.

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