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   Tuesday, November 3, 2009

   Highest-time female pilot: world record set by Evelyn Bryan Johnson
  MORRISTOWN, Tenn., USA --Evelyn Bryan Johnson, 100, nicknamed "Mama Bird", has logged 57,635.4 flight hours (equivalent to 6½ years)-setting the world records for the Highest-time female pilot and the oldest flight instructor in the world.  

   Photo: Evelyn Bryan Johnson, nicknamed "Mama Bird," the female pilot with the greatest number of flying hours in the world.
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   “I’d be getting more [flight time] if I didn’t have glaucoma and could get a medical,” she said.

    On November 4th, the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame aviatrix, who has logged 57,635.4 flight hours, turns100 years old.   

“You only have one 100th birthday,” laughed Johnson, who said her 57,635.4 flight hours still qualify her as the highest-time female pilot and the highest-time living pilot.

   Her male counterpart, John Edward "Ed" Long, has more than 64,000 hours -- seven years -- in the air.

   "She is the single most incredible person I know. She has touched the lives of so many people in aviation, in our state and beyond," says Bob Minter, director of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame.

   AOPA Online reports that Mama Bird, who lives in Morristown Tennessee, still serves as manager of the Moore-Murrell Airport in her hometown.

   Though she no longer is flying, glaucoma cost Johnson her medical certificate, she told AOPA “I’ve enjoyed that for 56 years, and still do every day. I enjoy everything about aviation and flying.”

    Mama Bird was a CFI and a Designated Pilot Examiner, having given over 9,000 flight tests over her career. AOPA reports the Guinness Book of World Records lists her as the highest-time female pilot, and the highest time living pilot.

   The city of Morristown is building a new terminal building at Moore-Murrell, which will be named after Johnson.

   The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame plans to commemorate Johnson’s birthday on Nov. 14, before the eighth annual Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Gala and Induction Ceremony at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville.
   More information on the event is available on the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame’s Web site. Johnson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.

   Johnson is an inductee of the Women in Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame, the Tennessee and Kentucky aviation halls of fame and others. She was awarded a bronze Carnegie Medal for rescuing a helicopter pilot after he crashed.

   As to her birthday, Johnson always said "I used to say that on my birthday Willard Scott would tell me happy birthday, but I wouldn’t hear him because I’d be up flying.” “I never thought I’d have a medical problem such as eyesight that would keep me from doing that flying.”

   Although she’s no longer logging time aloft, Johnson—of Morristown, Tenn.—continues to serve as manager of Moore-Murrell Airport. “I’ve enjoyed that for 56 years, and still do every day,” she said. “I enjoy everything about aviation and flying.”

   “I haven’t known many people who were 100, myself. It’s fun to think about it. How have I gotten so many things done in as short a time as 100 years?” she laughed. “Now it’s about here.”

    What's the secret of a long, productive life?

    "Don't sit down and watch the grass grow. Stay busy. Have something that you have to get up and do every day. Anybody that can move around at all can get interested in something and stick with it."   Read more at:

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

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