Dora Dougherty Strother (1921-2013) is an important figure in the
history of American aviation. She was a B-29 Superfortress demonstration pilot,
a helicopter test pilot, and a member of the WASP division during WWII.
In addition to being
only the sixth woman to gain an airline transport pilot license in the US, she
was also a flight instructor at the University of Illinois. With a PhD in
Aviation Education, she worked for Bell Aircraft as an engineer, designing helicopter
cockpits. She received numerous accolades in recognition of her work, including
the Amelia Earhart Award.