PATSY KNOX, first Arabian Section Governor, 1989-1994, licensed in Gaithersburg, MD, in 1966. Having been a registered dietitian in the US Public Health Service, she was able to use VA benefits to get a commercial with instrument, multi-engine and flight instructor ratings.
Joined the 99s and Colorado Chapter in 1977. As membership chairman, chapter doubled its membership and won the Great Race trophy, 1980. Greatest flying thrill was piloting her 1972 Cherokee Arrow 200 with Australian and 99 Jennifer Caine in their first air race, 1978 Angel Derby, All Women's International Race from Dallas - Love Field To Freeport, The Bahamas. Flew Hughes Air Race Classic, 1979, and Mile High Air Derby, 1993, hitting the chalk-line on landing.
In 1989, organized Arabian Section in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. To celebrate, her travel agent surprised her with a greatly reduced fare on Air France Concorde, Paris/Dulles, Washington DC. Pilot invited her to the cockpit for the approach and raising of the second wind shield. In I990, prior to Desert Storm, lead civilian tours including 99s to Dhahran AFB for the Langley, VA First Tactical Fighter Wing.
Sharing the joy of flying with 99s throughtout the world highlights her fond 99 memories. After 12 years in Saudi Arabia, built a Middle Eastern style home on the intercoastal waterway in Mary Esther, Florida. She welcomes all to come visit and tour, nearby, the outstanding Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum, home of the Blue Angels who now have a women pilot. Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Arabian Section at its conference in Bahrain in October, 2014 was an unexpected thrill, meeting so many talented and professional young women pilots. With membership almost doubled, I wish you a very Successful and Safe 2015 Conference in Jordan.