A Salt Lake woman whose flight training was canceled when the government learned she was a woman will be honored this weekend at a fly-in of the Ninety-Nines, a 7,000-member international women pilots organization.
The organization will conduct its Southwestern regional fall meeting Friday through Sunday in Park City, and 163 women are expected to fly 50 airplanes into Heber City for the conference.This year, the organization will honor Alberta Hunt Nicholson, 84, of Salt Lake City.
Nicholson entered a ground flight school in 1940 and scored high enough to receive free flying lessons from the federal government, said Barbara Parish, vice chairman of the Utah chapter.
Nicholson's scholarship was rescinded when the government discovered she was a woman. Male student pilots arranged her first flights, Parish said.