First female pilot of a Boeing 747 jet. On her historic flight, she took off from the Newark, New Jersey airport and landed in Los Angeles, California.
She worked as an American Airlines stewardess while attending flight school.
She held multiple jobs in the airline industry, working as an aircraft dispatcher, gate agent, and baggage handler for People Express Airlines.
She married fellow aviator Robert Allen Burns in 1972.
She received commendations from President George W. Bush for her service.