Paging through Aviation for Women magazine, my eyes fixed on a photo of a familiar figure from long ago. There, poised in a period Champion spark plug ad below the headline “Dancing in the Sky” stood a pilot, hands on hips, left foot forward, a parachute in back, leather flying cap above and dark sunglasses masking eyes in a somewhat pugnacious visage. Oh, and a yellow Pitts Special with black trim stood behind. Yup. That’s her. Before there was a Patty Wagstaff, Svetlana ...

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