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Margaret Ringenberg

Aviator from United States of America

Margaret Ray Ringenberg (June 17, 1921, Fort Wayne, Indiana – July 28, 2008, Oshkosh, Wisconsin) was an American aviator, who had logged more than 40,000 hours of flying time during her career. She became interested in flying as an eight-year-old when she saw a barnstormer land in a field near her family's farm. She trained at a flight training school and had her first solo flight in 1941 as a 19-year-old. Ringenberg began her aviation career in 1943 during World War II when she became a ferry pilot with the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Although WASP pilots were not allowed to fly combat missions, they served grueling, often dangerous duties, such as ferrying, test flying, and target towing. The WASP corps was disbanded at the end of 1944. Ringenberg went on to become a flight instructor in 1945 and flew as a commercial pilot and instructor for the rest of her life. After the war, she answered phones at an airport. She began racing airplanes in the 1950s. She raced in every Powder Puff Derby from 1957 to 1977, every Air Race Classic since 1977, the Grand Prix and the Denver Mile High and many others, garnering over 150 trophies for her accomplishments. She completed the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1921-06-17
Place of birth
Fort Wayne
Nationality
United States of America
Spouse(s)
Morris Ringenberg
Profession
Aviator

Death

Date of death
2008-07-28
Place of death
Oshkosh

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