When Amelia Earhart wanted to learn how to fly an airplane, the deal she struck with her parents required she be taught by a woman pilot. That pilot, Neta Snook, was a woman of many “firsts” – one of the first female aviators, she was the first woman accepted into a flying school, the first to run a commercial airfield and the first woman to run her own aviation business.
Mary Anita “Neta” Snook was born in Mount Carroll, Illinois on February 14, 1896 to parents Floyd and Adella Snook. At an early age Neta was fascinated with machinery and shared her father’s love of automobiles. Her father allowed her to sit on his lap at the age of four and steer his Stanley Steamer and taught her the inner workings of the car as well.
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