Florence Parlett was a manager of Lee Airport who was a major force behind its development.
Tenure As Manager of Lee Airport
She served as the manager of Lee Airport for 40 years, from 1957 until her death in 1997 . Lee Airport was a small grass strip when she became the manager, and during her tenure, she expanded it into a small general aviation airport . She began the Annapolis Flying Service in 1957 . She also helped found the Civil Air Patrol squadron based at Lee Airport . She earned her pilot’s license at age 42 .
Florence Parlett teaching a man how to fly.
Honors and Awards
Among her honors were: The Civil Air Patrol Award, the FAA Aviation Pioneer Certificate, the county police award, the Maryland Aviation Administration Citation, and the Maryland Aviation Pioneer Award . She was included in the Smithsonian Institution book and traveling exhibit “Women in Flight” .
She died on March 8, 1997, at the age of 91 .
- Felter, Mary P. " Florence Parlett, Pioneer in Aviation, dies at age 91." The Capital [Annapolis, Maryland], 10 Mar 1997.
- photo courtesy of the Kuethe Library