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Welch, Ann, 1917-2002


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    • Ann Courtenay Edmonds
  • Variants

    • us: Douglas, Ann Courtenay Edmonds, 1917-2002
    • us: Douglas, A. C. (Ann Courtenay), 1917-2002
    • us: Edmonds, Ann Courtenay, 1917-2002
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    • Welch, Ann Courtenay Edmonds, 1917-
  • Sources

    • found: Cloud reading for pilots, 1943: title page (A.C. Douglas)
    • found: Hang glider pilot, 1981, c1980: t.p. (Ann Welch)
    • found: How we fly, 1939: title page (Ann C. Edmonds, Assistant Editor)
    • found: Gliding and advanced soaring, 1947 title page (Ann C. Douglas)
    • found: The soaring pilot, 1957: title page (Ann and Lorne Welch)
    • found: Pilots' weather: a flying manual, 1977: title page (Ann Welch)
    • found: Wikipedia, June 5, 2015 (Ann Welch; Ann Courtenay Welch OBE, née Edmonds, born May 20, 1917 in London, died December 5, 2002; pilot who received the Gold Air Medal from Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) for her contributions to the development of four air sports: gliding, hang gliding, paragliding and microlight flying; as a child, Ann Welch kept a diary listing every aeroplane that flew over the house; she first flew with Alan Cobham in 1930; after she had acquired a motorbike to visit the local aerodrome, she learnt to fly, earning her pilot's licence in 1934; she started gliding in 1937 and attended an Anglo-German Fellowship Camp at the London Gliding Club meeting Wolf Hirth and Hanna Reitsch followed by a return visit to Germany in 1938; she restarted the Surrey Gliding Club in 1938 at Redhill, Surrey becoming their Chief Flying Instructor and achieving a membership of over 100; when the Second World War broke out she enrolled in the Air Transport Auxiliary, ferrying many types of aircraft including Spitfires, Hurricanes, Blenheims and Wellingtons from the factories to their operational units; after the war she returned to gliding and restarted the Surrey Gliding Club, eventually moving it in 1951 to Lasham Airfield; she trained many pilots and instructors; for twenty years she was in charge of the British Gliding Association's panel of examiners responsible for British instructor standards and training; she was an avid cross-country pilot and became a member of the British team at World Gliding Championships for many years; flying from Lezno in Poland in 1961, she broke the British women's distance record with 528 km; her books on aviation are still widely admired and sought after; she flew over 150 types of aircraft; she married Graham Douglas in 1939, whose family owned Redhill Aerodrome; this marriage was eventually dissolved and she married Lorne Welch in 1953)
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