Saturday, December 13, 2008


Lieutenant Colonel Betty Jane Williams
Dies at 89 of complications of a stroke.
She died Monday at Providence Tarzana Medical Center California. Lieutenant Colonel Williams got her pilot license 6 months before Pearl Harbor attack.With the advent of the war, the government grounded general aviation flying on both coasts, and she became a flight attendant with a Canadian airline, Williams later recalled.
Williams is quoted as saying; The war effort "needed everybody," Williams, a retired lieutenant colonel, told The Times in 1996.
"An airplane doesn't respond to sex. It only responds to skill, and I was bitten by the aviation bug."
When the airlines established instrument flight-training schools, Williams got pilot training at the University of Vermont, then taught Navy and civilian pilots instrument flight techniques.
In January 1944, she returned to the cockpit with the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs, and flew "wrecked planes that had been repaired to make sure they were airworthy," Williams told The Times in January.

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