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"I hit a man once. Socked him in the nose ... and it bled.
He said that women weren't good for anything but having babies ...."
-- Aline "Pat" Rhonie, quoted in a 1940 news article
Aline Rhonie landed at Pitcairn Field once, on November 19, 1930. Based at Roosevelt Field, NY, she was flying Travel Air NC449M. There was no indication in the Register if she was carrying passengers, or the nature of her itinerary. She was one of six female pilots to sign the Pitcairn Field Register.
We are fortunate to have separately an extensive number of excellent photographs and documents related to pilot Rhonie's life. These are online at the Davis-Monthan Register Web site as The Aline "Pat" Rhonie Photograph and Document Collection. She was a very photogenic woman and her albums hold many snapshots as well as formal portraits of her and others, as well as photos of aircraft.
Rhonie was also an industrial entrepreneur (see below) as well as a fine artist of considerable repute. At her Collection page, there is an entire section devoted to a very large Golden Age aviation mural that she designed and painted on a hangar wall at Roosevelt Field.
She landed and signed the Davis-Monthan Register in 1934. She signed the Register as "Mrs. Peter Brooks." She and her husband were on a voyage to celebrate their marriage by flying a cross-country, 17,000 mile aerial honeymoon. Both were pilots, and both flew their own airplanes through Tucson. They were both independently wealthy; I have no record of just how long they spent on their honeymoon, but it was probably a good long time, given the distance they covered (if they averaged a hundred or so miles per day, they were traveling for six months or so). That they were in separate aircraft suggest she would be a copilot for no one throughout her life. And she wasn't. She, Peter Brooks and their airplanes are pictured at her full biography page, Aline Rhonie's biography, online at the Davis-Monthan Airfield Register Web site at the link. Please direct your browser there to learn more about her humanitarian and flight activities during WWII. She carried private pilot license P17023. She appeared in Who's Who in Aviation for 1940, page 354, below.
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