Evelyn Johnson

Not that long ago, female pilots were scarce and woman flight instructors virtually nonexistent. But if you learned to fly in Morristown, Tenn., chances are Evelyn Johnson was your teacher. Johnson, who died May 10 at 102, set the world record for training the most pilots (more than 5,000) and at 92 became the world's oldest flight instructor. Along the way, she racked up 57,635.4 flight hours--the most ever by a woman and the second most in history--while covering 5.5 million miles. The woman known as Mama Bird flew even after she developed glaucoma and quit only when a 2006 car...

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