Ann G. Baumgartner was born in Augusta, Georgia back in 1918. Her father was stationed in France so her mother moved the family to New Jersey to be closer to her grandparents. Her true inspiration to know what she wanted to do for the rest of her life came from a visit from someone while she was in grade school.
She graduated from Walnut Hill High School in Natick, Massachusetts then Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts graduating in 1940 as a pre-med major. She joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots Program in 1943 stationed in Houston, Texas. In 1944, she was sent to Wright Field near Dayton, Ohio. She was assigned to transport staff officer to other Army bases and deliver planes as required to bases.
She flew among many the Douglas A-24, Curtiss A-25, Lockheed B-34, Cessna UC-78 and the Stinson L-5 to name a few. She died at a nursing home in 2008, she was 89.
What you may not know about Ann G. Baumgartner Carl is that she was the first American woman to fly a United States Army Air Forces jet aircraft, when she flew the Bell YP-59A jet fighter at Wright Field. BTW, that visitor when she was in grade school was none other than Amelia Earhart.
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