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Hanna Reitsch

A. Hermann

Joined July 2013

Artist's Description

The original is a combination of water color and ink on paper.
Hanna Reitsch (29 March 1912 – 24 August 1979) was a German aviatrice, test pilot, and the only woman awarded the Iron Cross First Class and the Luftwaffe Pilot/ Observer Badge in Gold with Diamonds during World War II. She set over forty aviation altitude and endurance records during her career, both before, and after World War II. Several of her international gliding records still stand in 2012.
In 1959 she was invited to India by prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to begin a gliding centre, and flew with him over New Delhi. In 1961 Reitsch was invited to the White House by US President John F. Kennedy. From 1962 to 1966 she lived in Ghana, where she founded the first black African national gliding school. She gained the Diamond Badge in 1970.
Copyright © 2013, A. Hermann

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