Friday, July 23, 2010
An air capital fly-by from vintage World War II planes honored Mildred "Micky" Axton who helped get women off the ground and into the air.
The ashes of Micky Axton returned to Wichita to be buried next to her husband. The pioneer Kansas aviator died February 6th in Minnesota. The Kansas Air National Guard's 184th Intelligence Wing performed military honors.
Axton was born in Coffeyville in 1919. Micky caught the flying bug after going up in a World War I era plane. It was during World War II she got the chance to fly several different military planes.
She was a member of the WASP, or Women Airforce Service Pilots. She was the first woman to fly the B-29 Superfortress. There are stories that the Airforce used women pilots like Micky Axton to shame some men who were reluctant to fly the B-29.
Axton taught at Wichita East High for several years beginning in 1958. Axton was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on March 10th, but she died before she could receive it.