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Abilene, TX Armless Aviator Dies in Plane Crash, Sept 1929

ARMLESS WOMAN AVIATOR DIES IN CRASH ON AIRPLANE

SHIP PLUNGES 2,000 FEET IN TEXAS MISHAP

Girl Used Apparatus Controlled by Feet; Craft Goes Into Nose Dive, Loses Control.

Abilene, Texas, Sept. 27--(UP)--Josephine Callaghan, armless since birth, who had patiently learned to fly an airplane by means of special devices controlled by her feet, was killed near here Friday when she lost control of her plane while 2,000 feet in the air.

A letter found in a pocket of the girl's suit told a story of how she had made futile attempts to obtain a pilot's license despite her affliction. Her home was said to be in Los Angeles.

Miss Callaghan's airplane went into a nose dive from which she was unable to right it.

MADE FIRST FLIGHT IN '28

Los Angeles, Sept. 28--(UP)--Josephine Callaghan armies aviatrix and sportswoman, who was killed near Abilene, Texas, Friday in a plane crash, made her first solo flight in August, 1928, at the Dycer airport here, from which she was graduated.

Miss Callaghan's home is in Fresno, Ca. For a number of years she presented entries of blooded stock of the hunter class at various horse shows throughout the country with success, riding the entries herself.

In 1928 she became interested in aviation and, despite her physical handicap, became determined to fly. At the time of her graduation the Dycer school announced that she was an unusually apt student and had "demonstrated by her qualification the compensation nature provided for her physical handicap."

She was said to have shown dexterity equal to that of a normal pilot and, during training, to have handled a plane in maneuvers and landings in a fashion that would have done credit to a seasoned flyer.

Miss Callaghan planned to fly to various points in the United States to show her horses.

Miss Callaghan was said by her attorney here to have been flying to Washington, D. C. to prove that she was qualified for a pilot's license when the crash occurred.

The girl's mother, Mrs. Washington [illegible]llivan, and sister, Mrs. Bertha Braithwaite, were said to be visiting in London, England, at present.

Billings Gazette, Billings, MT 28 Sept 1929



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