02 September 2011

Episode 001 - Yes, Emily. Girls can learn to fly.

Welcome to the inaugural episode of The BoXX Office. Below are the show notes for this episode providing a brief introduction and links to stories covered in this episode. Also, just below this paragraph is a link to download the audio file in an mp3 format that can be listened to on a computer or other personal music listening device, (iPod, mp3 player, Windows Media player, etc.) 

Hope you enjoy the show. Let's burn this candle!

News Reel 

Feature Presentation
Photo Courtesy of
Capt. Emily Howell Warner

A young Emily Hanrahan, from North Denver, not yet 18 years old, disembarked from a her first airplane ride in a Frontier Airlines DC-3 and began an unlikely career in aviation with the query, "Can a girl take flying lessons?" What happened after that is history. She had logged over 7000 hours at the controls of various aircraft before earning the position and title of the first woman Air Transport Pilot for a Modern, Jet-Equipped Scheduled Airline.

Photo Courtesy of Capt. Emily Howell Warner
January 12, 1973, she took her place in the cockpit of a Frontier Airlines Boeing 737. In 1976 she moved from the right seat to the left seat and on May 24, 1984 she made history again as she captained the "first all female flight crew," colloquially named "The Box Office." She was inducted in the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame, her first uniform is on display in the Smithsonian's Institute National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. When she retired she had amassed 21,000 professional flight hours in addition to the 7,000 hours she had prior to adding her name to the history books.

August 24, 2011, Taken at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum
(L-R) Zyola T. Mix & Capt. Emily Howell Warner under a DC-3 model
airplane. Similar to the one Emily took her first flight in.
In this first episode of "The BoXX Office," recorded in the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado, Capt. Emily Howell Warner shares some funny anecdotes and stories about her journey in aviation from the dream of becoming a "stewardess," instructing young male pilots specifically to fly for the airlines and eventually earning her place in the left seat at Frontier Airlines. She also shares her story of what happened after the first incarnation of Frontier Airlines ceased to be. Her time at United Parcel Service, working with United Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as what she is up to now.

For more information on Capt. Emily Howell Warner's career click on the following links:
Biography: Weaving the Winds
Airport Journals: How Emily Hanrahan Howell Warner Conquered the Male-Dominated Airline Industry
Air Line Pilots Association, International: Cleared to Dream

More Pioneers...
This list is by no means 100% comprehensive. Just the tip of the iceberg.

1906 E. Lillian Todd (USA) - First Woman to Design and Build an Aircraft
1910 Raymonde de Laroche (France) - First Woman in the World to Receive Pilot License

1921 Bessie Coleman (USA) - First African-American (male or female) to Receive a Pilot License
1927 Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie (USA) - First Woman to Obtain an Aircraft Mechanics License
1929 Florence "Pancho" Barnes (USA) - First Woman Stunt Pilot in Motion Pictures
1942 Mary Van Scyoc (USA) - First Woman Air Traffic Controller
1942 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP, USA) - First U.S. Women Pilots to Fly Military Aircraft 
1947 Ellen Shaw Carter (USA) - First Woman to Receive a Helicopter Rating
1953 Jacqueline Cochran (USA) - First Woman to Break the Sound Barrier (in a Northrop T-38)
1963 Valentina Tereshkova (U.S.S.R.) - First Woman in Space
1973 Emily Howell Warner (USA) - First Woman to be Hired as an Air Transport Pilot for a Modern, Jet-Equipped Scheduled Airline (Frontier Airlines) 
1974 Barbara Allen Rainey (USA) - First Woman Pilot in U.S. Military (Navy)
1983 Sally Ride, Ph.D. (USA) - First U.S. Woman in Space
1984 Svetlana Savitskaya (U.S.S.R.) - First Woman to Walk in Space
1984 Kathryn Sullivan (USA) - First U.S. Woman to Walk in Space
1993 U.S. Department of Defense opens combat aviation to women
1999 Lt. Col. Eileen Collins (USAF) - First Woman Space Shuttle Commander

Special Thanks

Mile High Flyers Podcast
Plane Crazy Down Under Podcast
Ninety-Nines of Colorado
Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

Excerpt of Phenomenal Woman. Angelou, M. (1995), Phenomenal Woman, Random House
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  1. This was a fantastic interview and a very well put together podcast. Congratulations Zyola!

    The hard work I know you've been putting into preparing this first episode absolutely shows here and I'm seriously looking forward to hearing the next one.

  2. Mahalo, Steve for the support and vote of confidence! It was great fun trying to put it together.

  3. This was a really good episode. I love the historical information. It was a moving piece that made me laugh and think deep all at the same time. Such an interesting story!