Florence Parlett

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Florence Parlett was a major force behind the development of Lee Airport. She served as the manager of Lee Airport for 40 years, from 1957 until her death in 1997 [1]. 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 [1]. She began the Annapolis Flying Service in 1957 [1]. She also helped found the Civil Air Patrol squadron based at Lee Airport [1]. She earned her pilot’s license at age 42 [1]. 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 [1]. She was included in the Smithsonian Institution book and traveling exhibit “Women in Flight” [1]. She died on March 8, 1997, at the age of 91 [1].

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Felter, Mary P. " Florence Parlett, Pioneer in Aviation, dies at age 91." The Capital [Annapolis, Maryland], 10 Mar 1997.