When Amelia Earhart and her contemporaries took to the skies years ago there were very limited opportunities for them to use their new skills. Not so today. Not only do we have women in the cockpit of airliners, but they are populating the pilot seats of military aircraft around the world. Take, for example, young Robin Ekholm. Her dad, Bryan, is a private pilot from Annandale, MN and has been taking her on flights with him since the tender age of 9. Robin says "Every time I get in a plane I pray, 'Dear Lord, help get us to the ground safely,' then I don't worry about it." Soon she will attend the United States Air Force Academy, and she plans to continue this prayer as she becomes one of the select few to receive an appointment to the Academy. Ekholm will receive a full four-year undergraduate scholarship including room and board, medical and dental care along with a monthly stipend, all with a value of over $ 414,000.
Ekholm always figured she would fly, and as kids her sisters and she would go to airshows with their Dad. As an Air Force Academy cadet she will go through basic training and four years of a world class education. In return, she agrees to serve 5 years on active duty and 3 years in the reserves. At first she wanted to be a fighter pilot, but now thinks she would rather fly transport aircraft and see the world. In any case the sky is the limit for her right now, and she aims to make the best of it. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 The air is the only place free from prejudices. — Bessie Coleman, the first African-American woman to become an airplane pilot, 1921.