The World of Aviation

If Vicky were really a bush pilot in Juneau she would have a hard time. There were very few women pilots in the 30′ in the US let alone Alaska. I am still waiting for a reply from the Juneau Historical Society.

Women weren’t as important as men in aviation? I think that Vicky fit the bill as a pilot. She was a risk taker and courageous. I never talked to her about her flying days but I think that she was not afraid of danger or the unknown.

The in picture so much about Vicky. I wish that I had asked my parents about her. But that wouldn’t have worked. My Mom really didn’t like her. My mom was very conservative not flamboyant like Vicky. Mom didn’t run around, didn’t drink and was a very quiet person. Vicky was just the opposite. She liked to have fun, drink and run around. Neither my mom or Vicky were wrong. It’s just they had different personalities. Vicky was always broke and Mom saved her money. When Vicky was broke she always came to my parents. They sort of had to rescue her over and over.

At the hotel they could eat outside on warm sunny days. The eating area overlooked the field and they could watch the planes land and takeoff. It must have been an exciting place to stay. It’s the kind of place I would love to be. It must have been a great place for people and plane watching

Roosevelt Field was the most famous airfield and everything was made for the pilots safety. It was the perfect place to learn to fly. The most famous pilots of the era trained at Roosevelt Field.

When women started flying in great numbers people wondered if flying was safe for women. Are they physically fit? Instructors were concerned that if women could learn because their lack of mechanical knowledge any one could learn. First, women learned to fly for sport. They believed, it was a wholesome sport and adventure . But others took the idea of flying as serious business. They wanted to learn. But after getting their license they were restricted in finding jobs. Most women ended up selling planes, writing about planes, and becoming airport hostesses. They just weren’t taken seriously.

Hollywood and aviation were quiet in tune. Stunt pilots were needed for films and Pancho Barnes, a woman pilot started the Motion Pictures Pilots’ Association in 1931. All of this aviation activity was booming during the Vicky learn to fly..

1931. No wonder She was attracted to this exciting life. Some of the early films with aerial scenes were “The Great Train Robbery”,”The ” were male stunt pilot Omer Locklear invented a move he called “the transfer,” in which a pilot changed from one plane to another midair. Other movies where stunt pilots were needed were Wings, Stranger than Fiction, Hell’s Angels, and It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.

After World War 1 pilots became barnstormers.

Vicky may have participated in the Century of Progress in Chicago. They had several air meets.

Flying for women was a release from the routine life of mother and wife.

Many films had aerial scenes where expert flying was needed.

When ward left Vicky she reported him missing 2 hours later in 1927. She looked for Ward on her own for 2 years because she didn’t want the publicity.
When the police were alerted they tried to talk to Wards mother Mrs. Anna D. Lederer, his sister Catherine Durant…neither would give any information to the police. Vicky stayed temporarily at the Hotel Manager.
Vicky didn’t want to live on the family’s charity but she sure changed her mind.
It was such a mystery where Ward was living.she was tired of looking for him. Vicky said “Now I am neither unmarried or married. (new York times April 4, 1927)
Ward wasn’t honest with his own wife. Now could he marry another woman and not give Vicky the courtesy of divorcing Vicky. She loved the parties the drinking, and the high life but she loved Ward more. Vicky made herself so sick that she couldn’t wòrk and she didn’t know how she would survive. She decided that she had to accept the money from Wards family. It was then that she went traveling and learned to fly.
When the world was in crisis Vicky lived well.


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