Time for background on another Athena’s Daughters story. Above is original artwork that will be featured in Athena’s DaughtersJanine K. Spendlove’s story, Millie.

A summary of Millie: What happens when a modern day military pilot, Major Sara Colón, meets a time traveling aviatrix?  

Now some background on the story from the author: “One evening I was telling my husband how much I would have loved to have flown during the early days of aviation. Back when it was the wild, wild, west in the sky, and people were making up rules and figuring things out as they went along. So exciting! I also would have been terrified (as I think any sane person would have been). Life expectancy was not very long for those first pilots. Our conversation then turned to how progressive those early aviatrixes were, and I thought Amelia Earhart would be delighted to see how far we’ve come along in aviation as a whole, but that she would also probably be saddened by the under-representation of women that still exists in the aviation community over a hundred years after the Wright brothers’ first flight. As such, this story was born of both my love for aviation in general and my eternal gratitude to all the women who came before and paved that way for me and my peers to do what we love: fly!”

You can read a free two chapter preview of Millie here, or listen to it here

If you’d like to read Millie and other fantastic stories (and perhaps pick up a print of the above piece of art - or the original if you REALLY love it), please be sure to check out the Athena’s Daughters Kickstarter - a Sci-Fi/Fantasy anthology written by women about women. 

You can connect with the author Janine K. Spendlove on twitter @janinespendlove, tumblr, instagram, and on Facebook.  

You can connect with the artist of this amazing piece, Autumn Frederickson, on Facebook and tumblr.   

To everyone contacting me about GISHWHES

I’m not trying to be a troll about it, but please stop.

Written policy prevents me from doing a barrel roll for you in my aircraft (nor would I if I was allowed to for reasons outlined below), nor am I going to ask someone who flies jets to do it on your behalf.

This is for various reasons, but the primary one being that I won’t ask them to perform an aerobatic maneuver that, if done incorrectly, puts unnecessary stress & strain on both the aircraft and the pilot with the increased g-loads.

Not to mention the fact that they can’t very well fly a barrel roll and video themselves doing it and show a hand with GISHWHES written on it. They’d need 4 hands at least! (2 to fly, one to record (no helmet cams, don’t even suggest it), and one to have the note).

In short, by asking for this, you’re asking for someone to put themselves at a higher risk than necessary for a scavenger hunt. Flying will always have risk associated with it (especially the type of flying we do in the military). The key is to make sure it’s an acceptable risk, and that the benefit outweighs the potential cost. I don’t think GISHWHES does. Maybe that makes me a wet blanket or a fun sucker, but I don’t care.

Again, I’m not trying to be a troll about this, and I don’t for a minute think any of you knew just exactly what you were asking for when you asked, but the answer is no. I’m not doing it. I’m not asking someone else to do it. So please respect that and stop asking me.

(If this is coming across as harsh, my apologies. That is not my intent - more, I want to educate and inform, and, of course, hopefully staunch the nonstop requests for this I’ve been receiving).

In Loving Memory of 

Rita Edna Wischmeyer

October 2, 1921 - May 3, 2015

Obituary for Rita Edna Murphy Wischmeyer

Rita Edna Murphy Wischmeyer, age 93 , of Dallas, took her final flight on May 3, 2015. She will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother by her children Karen Murphy, Susan Rooke & husband Bob, Cathy Newman, Teri Wischmeyer, Betsy Munse & husband Scott, Chip Wischmeyer and partner Cheri Henderson, Mark Wischmeyer and wife Monica, and Gina Totah and husband Bill, and by her 20 grandchildren and her 22 great-grandchildren. Rita was born on October 2, 1921 in Boston, MA to Edwin Patrick and Katherine Ellen Williams Murphy. She attended Emmanuel College in Boston where she learned to fly. Rita served in WWII as a Women’s Airforce Service Pilot. She was a devout Catholic who often attended Mass daily. Rita was active in weekly volunteer work at the Catholic Ladies of Charity Thrift Store for decades. She was preceded in death by Henry G. Wischmeyer, her husband of 54 years. The Rosary for Rita will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 6, at St. Rita Catholic Church, 12521 Inwood in Dallas, followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:30am. Entombment will follow at Calvary Hill Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to the National WASP World War II Museum, PO Box 456, Sweetwater, Texas 79556. Please visit

Eugene Jacques Bullard (9 October 1895 – 12 October 1961) was the first African American military pilot and one of two known black combat pilots in World War I; the other being Ahmet Ali (Arap Ahmet).

Early life

Bullard was born in Columbus, Georgia, one of the 10 children of William O. Bullard, nicknamed “Big Chief Ox”, and his wife Josephine Thomas, a Creek Indian. As a teenager, Eugene Bullard stowed away on a ship bound for Scotland, seeking to escape racial discrimination (he later claimed to have witnessed his father’s narrow escape from lynching). Bullard arrived at Aberdeen before making his way south to Glasgow. He became a boxer in England and also worked in a music hall.

Military career

Bullard in 1917
On a visit to Paris, Bullard decided to settle in France. At the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted in the French Foreign Legion. He was wounded in 1916 in the Battle of Verdun, and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. He then became a pilot in the Lafayette Flying Corps in the French Aéronautique Militaire, and on August 17, 1917 was assigned to the 93d Spad Squadron. He took part in about twenty combat missions and was credited with shooting down two German aircraft.

When the United States entered the war, the US Army Air Service convened a medical board to recruit Americans serving in the Lafayette Flying Corps. Although Bullard passed the medical examination, he was not accepted, since only Caucasians were allowed to fly. Late in 1917, Bullard engaged in a fight with a French officer and was transferred back to the infantry in January 1918. He served as a foot soldier until the Armistice in November 1918.

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