(1909-2012) Enshrined September 14, 2002
In 1929, Evelyn Bryan Johnson graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College. In 1944, she rode a train from Morristown to Knoxville, took a bus, then walked one mile and finally reached Island Home Airport in a rowboat. That day she took her first flying lesson and she soloed a month later. At age 94, Evelyn Johnson remains an active flight instructor and FAA pilot examiner in Morristown, Tennessee. With more than 57,000 of flying time in her logbook, Evelyn is the highest flight time aviatrix in the world. Among hundreds of honors, she is also enshrined in the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame during its inaugural ceremony in 1997.
“Mama Bird” passed away May 10, 2012 at 102 years of age. God Bless Miss Evelyn!
Evelyn Bryan Johnson was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame on July 21, 2007.
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