Browse Interviews

  • Collection: International Women’s Air and Space Museum (IWASM)
21 total

Mariane Dyson worked on Mission Control at NASA during shuttle missions. She discusses the details of her job and her experiences working as a woman at NASA in a male dominated field.

Dawn Mulson Full became a pilot with the Civilian Pilot Training program during World War II. Dawn was friends with influential female pilots Caro Bayley Bosca and Florence Boswell. She became an air traffic controller after going through training. She worked as an air traffic controller throughout the war and quit after she was married in 1947.…

Mary Shilmiller worked as a Rosie the Riveter at Firestone in Akron during summers. She spent 50 years as a teacher, with most of her career spent teaching special education in Euclid. Her brother was a pilot.

Edna Paul was a pioneer aviatrix during the golden age of flight, first flying as a teenager in the late 1920s and continued into the 1940s. Originally from St. Louis, she frequented nearby airfields and attended the infamous National Air Races. Paul discusses the circumstances surrounding her time as a pilot; focusing on her early years as a…

Toni Mullee is the executive director of the International Women's Air and Space Museum. Mullee shares the history of the museum and her experiences as executive director there.

Chris Takacs is the collections manager at the International Women's Air and Space Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Takacs shares the history of the museum itself and the materials that exist within the museum's collection including a pamphlet from a passenger on the Hindenburg and a mannequin that was owned by a seamstress from NASA who would sew monkey…

Cady Coleman, a NASA astronaut, talks about how she became interested in flight and her experiences when she worked on space shuttle missions at NASA.

Thelma Miller was part of the last class of women trained in the WASP program in Sweetwater, TX. After WASP training, she became a flight instructor and moved back to Ohio. She stopped flying in her 60s. She attended a ceremony in Washington DC for WASPs.

Gayle Gorman Freeman is the president of Manairco, a family company that produces airstrip lighting. She is the daughter of two pilots and has received several pilot certifications, including helicopter and glider licenses. She has been involved in numerous aviation groups, including the 99s, the Whirly Girls, and the Young Eagles program.

Joan Mace was born in 1924. She worked at Curtis Wright and joined the Flying Club to get enough hours to interview for WASP program, but war ended before she could do it. She became a flight instructor at Ohio University and eventually became chair of the aviation department. She worked for Ohio University for 30 years and had over 1,000 students.…

Ruth Reep is a life long resident of Ohio. She learned to fly during the 1950s. Her first experience in a plane was the result of winning a magazine contest which offered a plane ride as the prize. During Ruth's flying career she was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. She and her husband frequented the Cleveland Air Races and even owns a piece of…

Pat Stanzel is a lifelong Cleveland resident. She was a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II. She discusses her time working as the only female in various research labs after the war. After she married she went on to teach and was a teacher at a number of schools in Cleveland. During the busing program designed to desegregate the Cleveland…

Nadine Nagle discusses her experiences as a pilot in the WASP program, although it was disbanded while she was still in training at the end of WWII. She gives details of her training and her experience in the program. She also describes here experiences with the Red Cross.

Connie Luhta is the president of the International Women's Air & Space Museum. She was an air race pilot during the 1960s and 1970s, including the Powder Puff Derby and Angel Derby. She currently manages the Concord Airport in Concord Township, an airport she and her late husband owned.

Daughter of Margaret Louise White, Tonya McCarter, talks about what her mother was like on a personal level. Although she cannot recall much about her mother's life as a pilot, she does elaborate on her mother's progressive attitude and resistance to conformity.

Cleveland native Joyce Pezak discusses her experiences working for Jack & Heintz Company during WWII. She originally worked on the main floor anodizing parts for airplanes, but was moved after she developed an allergic reaction to a chromic acid. Pezak also discusses her life and experiences in Cleveland.

Mary Ann Davis discusses the life of her sister, pilot Margaret Louise White.

Barbara Koch Lindamood was a flight attendant for Eastern for one year in the 1960s. She donated her uniform, notes, and other related materials to the International Women's Air and Space Museum. In this interview she talks about the materials she is donating and about her time in flight school and as a stewardess.

Timothy White describes his mother, Margaret Louise White, the second female pilot to be issued a commercial license in the state of Ohio. White also shares and describes artifacts from his mother's flying days.