Faye Gillis Wells
In 1929, as a 20-year-old student pilot, Fay Gillis Wells became one of the first women to parachute out of a plane when the biplane she was flying broke apart. That courage to take the big leap would characterize both of Wells' careers as a pioneering aviatrix and a foreign correspondent. The legendary Glenn Curtiss hired her to ferry and demonstrate his early planes, becoming the first woman to be employed in such a job. During that time Fay met other women aviators, including Amelia Earhart, with whom she co-founded the women's flying group, the 99's. Wells covered the Italian invasion of Ethiopia together with her journalist husband, their bylines sometimes appearing together on the same front page. She traveled with the White House press corps to Vietnam and was one of three women journalists covering President Richard Nixon's historic China trip in 1972. In 2002, when she died at the age of 94, Wells was still serving her two great loves, sitting on a NASA advisory board helping to select the first journalist who would fly in space. She deeply regretted never having the chance to become an astronaut herself.
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5.8 oz., 100% combed ringspun cotton
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