Browse Interviews

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

Pat Stanzel Interview, 2010

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 schools, the teaching staff was desegregated first and she was transferred to a school on the east side where she was the only white teacher. She discusses…

Connie Luhta Interview, 2010

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.

Ruth Reep Interview, 2010

Ruth Reep is a lifelong Ohio resident. She learned to fly during the 1950s. Her first experience in a plane was the result of winning a magazine contest that offered a plane ride as the prize. Reep was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. She and her husband frequented the Cleveland Air Races, and she owns a piece of Bill Odum's downed plane. Reep recounts maintaining her own plane and spending time with other pilots. She now lives in West Salem, Ohio, with her daughter.

Dawn Mulson Full Interview, 21 July 2010

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. Dawn only flew for a short time and participated in only one air race. Dawn is still a member of the 99s and wears a bracelet that her father created…

Nadine Nagle Interview, 2010

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.

Gayle Gorman Freeman Interview, 2010

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.

Joyce Pezak Interview, 2010

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.

Thelma Miller Interview, 2010

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.

Joan Mace Interview, 2010

Joan Mace was born in 1924. She worked at Curtiss-Wright and joined the Flying Club to get enough hours to interview for WASP program, but World War II ended before she could do so. 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 taught more than 1,000 students. She also participated in several air race events. Upon retirement, she moved to Florida and flew for the U.S. Coast Guard…

Cris Takacs Interview, 25 January 2011

Cris Takacs is the collections manager at the International Women's Air and Space Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Takacs shares the history of the museum and the materials in 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 sewed monkey suits.

Edna Rudolph Paul Interview, 17 August 2011

Edna Paul was a pioneer aviatrix during the golden age of flight, first flying as a teenager in the late 1920s. Paul continued as a pilot into the 1940s. Originally from St. Louis, she frequented nearby airfields and attended the Cleveland National Air Races. Paul discusses the circumstances surrounding her time as a pilot, focusing on her teenage years, a record-setting altitude flight, an anniversary flight made after her 100th birthday, and the sentiment of her family and friends concerning…

Barbara Koch Lindamood Interview, 20 September 2011

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.