Did you see the recent episode of “Pan Am” where the stewardesses are playing Truth or Dare– and “dare” Colette to fly the plane?
Well, back in 1963, when the episode takes place, women were not allowed to be commercial pilots… or astronauts.
Colette gets to make her dream come true, when the pilot agrees to let her sit in the co-pilot seat and hold the controls briefly– but only because the passengers on this flight are military, and not paying passengers. To have a woman fly a plane with passengers would have been against a whole host of rules and regulations. But in that brief moment, we see the sheer joy on Colette’s face when she glances over and sees the pilot has taken his hands off the yoke — and she is flying.
I recently had my first flying lesson in a Piper Warrior 4-seater — and I sure loved it. See the photo below.
What dream can you put into FLIGHT this week? Think about it — and remember that courage is merely fear that has said its prayers.
My book “The Dream Spinners” features a woman who wants to rectify that old double-standard, and pay tribute to our first women astronaut-trainees. But then her son is accidentally killed, and she loses her ambition…
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