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"I taught Amelia to Fly": Neta Snook (1896-1991)

Name:
Neta Snook (1896-1991)
Transportation Mode:
Aviation
Era:
Pre-1920s
Gender:
Female

 

In Ames, Neta Snook studied home economics at Iowa State College in 1917, but much preferred courses in mechanical drawing, internal combustion engines and the repair of farm tractors. While taking more classes she would earn her pilot’s license and rebuild a wrecked Canuck. In 1920 she took passengers for rides from the Ames airport in the Canuck airplane. She gave 15 minute rides for $15.

When winter set in, she shipped the plane to Los Angeles where she became a flying instructor and commercial flyer for Iowa native Bert Kinner. On January 3, 1921, she gave Amelia Earhart her first flying lesson.

Snook was also a test pilot and preformed stunts. She was the only women entered in a race against 40 mend held at the Los Angeles Speedway in February 1921.

Just 2 1/2 years later, after marrying Bill Southern and starting a family, Snook gave up flying for good. But in 1974 she wrote her book, “I Taught Amelia to Fly.” She lived until 1991 and the ripe old age of 95.

Neta Snook was inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame in 1992.

Accepting in honor of Neta Snook is Jane Berg, ProgramDirector of Indian Hills Community College Aviation Program and a member of the Ninety-Nines an international organization of women pilots.

Jane Berg, Program Director of Indian Hills Community College Aviation Program and a member of the Ninety-Nines an international organization of women pilots accepted the award in honor of Neta Snook
Neta Snook inducted into Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame in 1992
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