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Did you know any of the pioneers in the
development of aviation in the '30s?
No, I knew nobody in the field of aviation at
all. My imagination was greatly
stimulated by the exploit of Lindbergh,
who, believe it or not, had been in my
class at the University of Wisconsin but
the class was so large that I didn't
know him. And I was tremendously moved
by that. And I was so moved by the
possibilities of commercial aviation
that I went to visit the Douglas plant
in 1937, knowing nobody anyone in the
Douglas plant at all. They were quite
surprised to see me come as a visitor,
and they had some large planes sitting
on the floor of a large hangar, and they
were making maybe 10 or 12 at a time,
and things certainly changed a lot in
the Douglas plant in just a few years.
Their business certainly got bigger.
But to go back to what I was doing with my
husband. In 1943 I was interested in the
fight for air power, and my husband was
doing a great deal about it, thanks to
his natural energy and his good sense, I
thought, and spirit.
And your original enthusiasm.
And my original enthusiasm for it. And I felt
extremely frustrated about doing
anything spectacular to help the Planned
Parenthood Movement, which I thought
then and still think one of the most
important voluntary or health movements
in the world.
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