Hannah Lincoln Harkness

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Hannah Lincoln Harkness was born in Houghton, Michigan back in 1914.  She attended the Milton Academy in Massachusetts and Vassar in New York.  At 16 she obtained her pilot’s license.  At Vassar she earned extra money taking students for rides in an aircraft she rented from a nearby airport.

In 1932, at the end of her freshman year she earned her commercial license receiving national attention.  In 1936, she married Robert an Air Corps Reserve Major.  In 1937-38 she worked as a test pilot for the Gwinn Air Car Company.  During her time at Gwinn she tested the new tricycle landing gear, which subsequently became standard on most aircraft.  She died in1976, she was 62.

What you may not know about “Nancy” Harkness Love is that during WWII she convinced William H. Turner to set up a group of female pilots to ferry aircraft from factories to air bases, hence came about the Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, which she commanded.  For her services she was awarded the Air Medal and appointed lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force Reserve in 1948.

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Comments (18)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

If she was flying her fellow students around for fun, she must have had a personality that exuded confidence and strength. Or the passengers were very adventurous! 

Jul 23, 2021 03:31 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... I knew about this auxiliary squadron but did not know who was behind it... and now I do, thanks to you.

Jul 23, 2021 04:09 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

She reached for the skies and achieved her goals.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 23, 2021 04:37 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Hannah was an astute thinker about deploying resources. Enjoy your day.

Jul 23, 2021 05:04 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is quite a story and she certainly sounds like a woman that had many talents.

Jul 23, 2021 05:10 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - reading your posts can often shed new light and additional information on my day.  Thank you for doing this daily.  

Jul 23, 2021 05:31 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

What a great story/piece of history James Dray . Hannah "Nancy" was/is truly an unsung hero. I'll be sharing this with Tina for sure.

Jul 23, 2021 05:42 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What a ground breaking accomplishment to be a female test pilot, among her other achievements.

Jul 23, 2021 06:22 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

This was quite an accomplishment especially for a woman in the day. Good for her and her and her squadron that she commanded.

Jul 23, 2021 06:33 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning to you James! That is one very important lady right there

Jul 23, 2021 07:18 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I had heard of the Auxilliary Squadron but that was about all I knew. What an achiever!

Jul 23, 2021 08:15 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 23, 2021 09:12 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James and Happy Birthday!  I did not know about any of this but what an interesting story. 

Jul 23, 2021 10:53 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

OH WOW! I am beaming with pride, James - being an Air Force brat AND a woman, Hannah Lincoln Harkness is a hero in my book!

Jul 23, 2021 03:28 PM
John Pusa
Glendale, CA

Hello James Dray definately Hannah Lincoln Harkness had many great accomplishments during her life time.

Jul 23, 2021 04:51 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James thanks to Kathy Streib  Happy Birthday, do you still keep track of the numbers? I stopped at 41 but Diane has been keeping track for the past 26 years:)Endre

Jul 23, 2021 10:16 PM
James Dray

72 for me, TY

Jul 24, 2021 12:40 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I was hoping you would say what my father said... 36 from bellow the belt and 36 above the belt:)Endre

Jul 25, 2021 09:50 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Hannah Lincoln Harkness’s love of flying encompassed many years and included important wartime service to her country.

Nov 03, 2021 07:21 PM