Whirley-Girls honor pioneer pilot Raub

 - September 28, 2006, 12:51 PM

Mary Raub, Whirly-Girl No. 56, received the 17th annual Livingston Award, honoring helicopter pioneer J. Arlo Livingston.

Her accomplishments include being one of the earliest female FAA air safety investigators. A general aviation inspector and later head of the structures group for the NTSB, from which she retired in 1983, Raub was the first female Army helicopter instructor at Fort Rucker, Ala. As an airmen examination specialist, she developed written tests, flight guides, technical manuals and safety issuances. She also owned and operated a helicopter business, working as a commuter, traffic advisory, corporate and insecticide application pilot in addition to being an A&P mechanic.

Last year Raub announced she is bequeathing her investment portfolio to the Whirly-Girls.