Boo took a Talent Development class called “Flying High” –
Maggie Gee’s family would take her and her siblings to the airport on Sundays to watch the airplanes.
“Just being there, being part of it all, made me feel big and powerful.”
Amelia Earhart was among the pilots at the airport and became a role model for Maggie.
“She had flown all the way across the ocean by herself and I wanted to be just like her. Once I’m sure I saw her. When I waved, she saw me and waved back. It had to be her – I didn’t know of any other women pilots back then. Just Amelia Earhart. And me.”
WWII happened – her mother worked “as a welder building Liberty ships to transport troops.”
Maggie saw this as her opportunity to fly and joined the WASP – Women Airforce Service Pilots.
Went to flight school, accepted into the WASP program.
“I could tell that he was mistaking me for an enemy pilot, a Japanese kamikaze or a spy. I had heard it all before, but this time I didn’t get angry. Instead, I just smiled and said a big hello.
“You’re American?” he asked nervously.
“Born and bred,” I answered, and offered my hand to shake.
“Well, don’t that beat all,” he said. “Never thought I’d see the day.”
… “I was helping my country to win the war, but I was also helping myself – making my own stories and dreams come true.”
brief bio in the back as an author’s note and photos of Maggie Gee.