Dorothy Martin was born back in 1907 and adopted by a pastor, Albert Martin and his wife. In the early 1920’s she took up flying in Syracuse, New York. She flew her first solo flight in a Curtiss Jenny when she was 16. She moved to Cicero, New York where she took a job in advertising with American Eagle Agency as New York states sales manager for Hayes Aviation.
She married Richard Lemon in 1937, moving to Florida and ran a flight school at Belvedere Field, later renamed Palm Beach International Airport.
In 1940, she became the chair for the newly formed Florida chapter of the Ninety-Nines, a leading international organization for women pilots. After WWII, she took up air racing, participating in the 1946 Halle Trophy Race. She died in Caracas, Venezuela in 1986.
What you may not know about Dorothy “Dot” Lemon is that in the 1960’s she became the first woman president of the Institute of Navigation.
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