Aline Rhonie Hofheimer was born in York, Pennsylvania back in 1909. The family moved to New Jersey when she was three. She attended Dalton School in New York, marring Richard when she was seventeen. At the age of nineteen she moved with her husband to Reno, Nevada where in 1930 she divorced him.
During WWII, she was one of the first nine women to volunteer for the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron. After the war, she learned to paint murals. She died in 1963 in Palm Beach, Florida she was 54.
What you may not know about Aline Rhonie is that she painted a mural about aviation history, it is now located at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York. She was the first woman to fly solo from New York to Mexico City. For her efforts in WWII she received the Croix de Guerre, the French Red Cross Medalle de la Reconnaissance francaise and a Companion of the Ordre de la Liberation. She was inducted into the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame in 2010.
Her paper is currently being held at the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.
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