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LEEBOLD, Nancy Lorna

Also known as: née Ellis

Born: 2/11/1915

Died: 13/7/1982

Special Achievements:

October 1952 - First Australian woman to fly a Lockheed Lodestar aircraft.

1959 - She flew a jet aircraft in the USA, the first Australian woman to do so.
Awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to Aviation.
Awarded the Evelyn Follett award by The Australian Women Pilots’ Association as the year’s most worthy flying performance.
1965 - A fellow of the Australian Institute of Navigation; in 1967 she became its first woman president.
1965 - Appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Additional Information:

February 1942 - She gained her private pilot’s licence (No.4060).
January 1946 - Gained her commercial pilot’s licence.
After World War II she was a Ferry Pilot of war surplus R.A.F. planes to their new owners.
1948 - She qualified as a flying instructor and two years later as a gliding instructor.
1952 - She was appointed chief flying instructor at Dubbo Aero Club.
1953 - Was awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation medal.


Resources

  • Image - Australian Women Pilots' Association member Nancy Leebold (nee Ellis) in flying suit holding onto an aeroplane's propeller, May 1954 (16102215278)

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