Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Favourite clothes and the first licensed woman pilot in Canada . . .


Today's Writing Prompt: Favorite Clothes

Describe your favorite article of clothing.

My favourite clothing is anything comfy and about a size too big. Right now my outfit of choice is a pair of charcoal grey yoga-style pants and a wine coloured v-neck long-sleeve t-shirt. I know there is nothing sexy or exciting about my choice of outfit but I dress for comfort and for the life I lead.

March 13, 1928 - Eileen Vollick passes her test to get a pilot's licence; issued Private Pilot Certificate No. 77 on March 22; first Canadian woman to be a licensed pilot. Hamilton, Ontario


Eileen Vollick, aviator, born August 2, 1908, in Wiarton, Ontario; died in New York City, September 27, 1968. After Vollick's father died in a mining accident, her mother remarried and moved the family to Hamilton, Ontario; worked at the Hamilton Cotton Co. next to Jack V. Elliot’s Air Service; started flying lessons when she turned 19; while waiting for her 19th birthday, she became the first Canadian woman to parachute into water, walking the wings of a Curtiss Jenny and parachuting 2,800 feet into Burlington Bay. Vollick weighed only 89 pounds and was 5 feet 1 inch tall, so she used pillows to take her lessons. On March 13, 1928, she passed the test along with ten other male cadets, and was issued Private Pilot Certificate No. 77 on March 22, 1928.

On August 2, 2008 (what would have been her 100th birthday) the Eileen Vollick Terminal was named in her honor at the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport.