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Pilot witnessed history, then made it

By Rob Simbeck
Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 01, 2013

~~<p>Just before 8 a.m. Dec. 7, 1941, a headstrong 22-year-old flight instructor from Nashville, Tenn.'s country club set was giving a lesson over Hono&shy;lulu. Just 18 months earlier, Cornelia Fort had taken her first plane ride, deciding then and there to leave behind her family's 365-acre estate for a life in the air.</p>
<p>The sky was dotted with lazy fair-weather clouds as Fort and her student practiced takeoffs and landings at John Rodgers Airport, later renamed Hono&shy;lulu International Airport. As she scanned the sky, Fort saw what appeared to be a military plane in the distance. She instructed her student to begin turning the single-engine Interstate Cadet toward the runway and after a moment looked again for the military plane. It was bearing down on them.</p>
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Just before 8 a.m. Dec. 7, 1941, a headstrong 22-year-old flight instructor from Nashville, Tenn.'s country club set was giving a lesson over Hono­lulu. Just 18 months earlier, Cornelia Fort had taken her first plane ride, deciding then and there to leave behind her family's 365-acre estate for a life in the air.

The sky was dotted with lazy fair-weather clouds as Fort and her student practiced takeoffs and landings at John Rodgers Airport, later renamed Hono­lulu International Airport. As she scanned the sky, Fort saw what appeared to be a military plane in the distance. She instructed her student to begin turning the single-engine Interstate Cadet toward the runway and after a moment looked again for the military plane. It was bearing down on them. Login for more...



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