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article imagePioneer of Australian Aviation industry, Nancy Bird Walton, dies

By Bodhisattva Banerji     Jan 13, 2009 in World
One of the pioneers of the aviation industry Ms. Nancy Bird Walton died at the age of 93. She remained one of the most famous aviators of Australia.
Ms. Nancy Bird Walton, one of the most famous aviators of the Australia died at the age of 93.
Ms. Nancy Bird Walton was born in the coastal town of Kew situated in the northern part of New South Wales north in 1915. She was the first female pilot of the country and acquired her flying license at the age of 19. As the reports suggest Ms. Nancy Bird Walton was started taking interest in flying from a very young age of four. Later Mr. Charles Kingsford Smith taught her to ‘take the controls’ of an aircraft at the age of 17.
Later, in her life, she went on to pioneer an air ambulance service for remote parts of New South Wales. She handled the duty of commandant even of the Women's Air Training Corps during a long period in World War II. In her later life she was instrumental in founding the Australian Women Pilots' Association. Eventually, she was handled the president ship even of the one of the most respected aviation industry for a long period of 40 years. In the year 1997, the National Trust named Ms. Walton a Living National Treasure.
The reports stated that she is survived by her daughter, son, four grandchildren as well as two great-grandchildren.
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