Known as the first woman to captain a United States commercial airliner. She also served as a Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) flight instructor and was inducted into both the National Woman's Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Hall of Fame. She retired after flying more than 21,000 flight hours.
After briefly considering a career as a flight attendant, she began taking flying lessons and earned her private pilot's license at the age of twenty. With fifteen years of flight experience to her credit, she was hired in 1973 by Frontier Airlines.
When Frontier Airlines folded in the mid 1980s, she flew for both People Express and Continental Airlines and also became a pilot for the United Parcel Service (UPS).
She was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.
She and fellow female pilot Julie Clark both received accolades while employed by commercial airlines.