I think there’s a problem. Men and women are equals. Equal pay for equal work. We men should confide in them; admit to their strength and our weakness. Women in general show their emotions; we see it in ourselves as a frailty. Women think in ways we men can’t imagine.
Several things happened this week past that made me think of this.
As a kid, Tammie Jo Shults always wanted to fly. Fighter planes. A General visiting her high school told her that women will never make professional pilots.
She joined the Air Force to be a fighter pilot, and was turned down. She switched to the Navy. They accepted her. Tammi Jo, 56, flew an F-18 in the Desert Storm conflict.
Last Tuesday she was the pilot of the Southwest Airlines 737 flying from New York to Dallas, when one of its two jet engines blew up. It forced her to drop to cruising speed – the safest way to keep it flying.
She landed safely at Philadelphia International. News reports claimed she had ‘nerves of steel’.
Then came Saturday when the Canadian Ninety Nines held a Girls Take Flight event at Oshawa’s Durham airfield outside Toronto. The 99s were founded in 1929 by 99 female aviators.
This event introduces girls and young women to aviation and the aerospace industry.
They have on display such aircraft as the Bell 206 Jetranger, a Pitt S2 aerobatics, an Air Georgian Beechcraft, and an RCAF glider and tow plane among others. Smaller planes, a Cessna included, would take them up to get that small plane feeling.
Author’s comment: Women’s lives are really taking off these days, giving them a sense of expectation and lives being fulfilled. Maybe it’s always been that way, but you can’t help feeling they are working hard at it.
Look what happened to Tammi Jo Shults. From a dream as a kid, to a fighter pilot to piloting of Boeing 737. Along with her female co-pilot.