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Ann Baumgartner Carl on: Her Interest in Flying
Ann Baumgartner Carl Q: How did you come to want to fly?

Well my father had interest in flying because he was a patent lawyer and was responsible pretty much with the patenting of the joy stick. So then he also did a lot of flying in the early airlines, sometimes in the co-pilot seat in bad weather and good. And so he would take us over to see the mail planes come in at Newark Airport at night, and that was quite dramatic because they'd come in sort of out of the dark sky. And the pilot would stop in front of the office, jump out with the mail, get back in, go off into the night. And also Amelia Earhart came to speak to our school and it seemed to me . . . I was in the front row and she came forward and stood right in front of me and I felt she was looking right down at me. I had done a lot of other adventurous things -- mountain climbing, training horses and things like that, and it just seemed like the next step.

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