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Pioneering female pilot "Mama Bird" Evelyn Bryan Johnson dies in Tennessee at 102
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) ' Pioneering female pilot and Guinness world record holder Evelyn Bryan Johnson has died in Tennessee. She was 102.
Bryan started flying in 1944 and was known to her students as "Mama Bird". The Farrar Funeral Home in Jefferson City said she died Thursday.
She held the Guinness Book of World Records certificate for most hours in the air for a female pilot.
Johnson was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, in 2007. At that time, she had been flying for 55 years and had spent the equivalent of seven years in flight.
Johnson was also one of the first female helicopter pilots. She was a native of Corbin, Ky., and a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan.