Women air pilots -- United States
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 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 woman Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol. Both women were members of the Texas Ninety-Nines. The women were preparing the Beechcraft Bonanza H-35 for the 12th AWTAR in 1958.
Photo Courtesy of Jerri Truhill
IWASM Original Photo Collection, International Women's Air and Space Museum
Heidi Fearing/Kimberly Cole
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Original Photo No. 624
San Diego, California
Photo Courtesy of Jerri Truhill, “Jerri Truhill,” International Women's Air & Space Museum, accessed January 18, 2019, https://iwasm.omeka.net/items/show/1638.