Betty’s desire to be a pilot blossomed at the very young age of 8 years old, and that dream never diminished. Her mother pushed her into enrolling in nursing school, but after two years she dropped out. All she wanted to do was fly! In 1940 she was visiting a 70 year old neighbor, and poured out her frustrations about what to do with her life. The wise old woman asked her what she loved doing the most and Betty’s answers were flying and helping with the youth group at church. Her neighbor pointed out she could do both by helping by flying for Christian missions. Once she got home she prayed and told God that although she had never heard of anyone flying to spread the gospel, if it was what He wanted her to do, He would work it out. Just a few weeks after her prayer, she heard of a civilian pilot training. She enrolled and was accepted. From that point on God continued to move with opportunity after opportunity in training and experience. Being an eager student Betty excelled in everything she did. She flew for Women’s Airforce Service in World War 2. She is honored with the title of the first woman to fly over the Andes and also to be allowed to fly over Sudan (women pilots were not allowed at that time). With 3 other men she helped found and Christian Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship. Now the Mission Aviation Fellowship. Her adventures were incredible; flying to isolated jungle areas, staying with missionaries, hiking through the jungle, and repairing planes in remote areas. She even coordinated and flew missions across many continents which was no easy feat with numerous stops for fueling plus time to rest, all in different countries! I found all she did mind boggling, but the planning and knowledge it took to accomplish this was incredible. She had so many close calls, emergency situations, illness and just downright scary circumstances. Betty loved every minute of it and never wavered. I won’t even travel to another state alone in a car! What I found most impressive was all of this was done with her intense devotion to God and desire to serve Him. One amazing lady!
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