You may have seen the news: Aviation pioneer Nancy-Bird Walton dies.
She was the first pupil of aviation great Charles Kingsford Smith when he founded a flying school in 1933. But she was so short she needed two cushions to see out of the cockpit and reach the foot pedals.
The first woman to gain a commercial pilot’s licence in Australia, she was named a Living National Treasure in 1997.
She did considerably more: Nancy Bird-Walton, O.B.E (1915-2009). The photo is from that site.
I am privileged to have met her in the late 1960s when I was teaching at Cronulla High School. She came one day as a guest of the school. The principal had a talent for attracting interesting speakers. I remember we also had Sir Edmund Hillary, and the Wayside Chapel’s founder Ted Noffs.