Final Flights: Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 - May 28, 2008, 8:12 AM

In the early 1930s, when many women were expected to stay home and tend to the needs of their families, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was exploring the world with her famous aviator husband Charles and making her own mark in aviation history. Lindbergh served as her husband’s copilot, navigator and radio operator on many of his long-distance flights and documented their adventures in several books. Together the couple made air surveys of North America, South America and the Caribbean, helping to pave the way for Pan Am’s air mail service, and then flew uncharted routes from Canada and Alaska to Japan and China. But Anne Lindbergh was also a pioneering woman in aviation in her own regard. She flew solo for the first time in 1929, received her glider pilot license in 1930–the first American woman to do so–and her private pilot license the following year. She died in February at age 94.