Kansas Inducts James Into Aviation Hall of Fame

WICHITA, KAN. – The Kansas Aviation Museum inducted Joyce Case James into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame November 14, 2013 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kan.

James became the first woman in Kansas to earn her airline transport pilot certificate.

James began flying aerobatics in a Great Lakes trainer, and won the Women’s National Championship in 1960 and 1965.

In 1960, she delivered airplanes for Beech Aircraft, demonstrated airplanes for Cessna in 1961, and in 1962, she returned to Beech Aircraft to develop the Beech Aero Club program and became the first woman to become a production test pilot.

James later became principal operations inspector at the FAA’s Wichita Flight Standards District Office. She now lives in Texas.

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