Winnie Pierce Beasley

Winnie Pierce Beasley was 25 years old with a Commercial pilots license when she was recruited by Jackie Cochran to join the British Air Transport Auxiliary. At the time of her application she had logged over 850 hours of flight time. She had attended Wellesley College and held a B.A. degree. Winnie traveled to England with the first group of American women in March of 1942. She served with the Air Transport Auxiliary until May 1944.
She returned to the United States and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she raised her family. She became a fixture of city lore when she rode her motorcycle with a sidecar.

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