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Marker to honor Wichita County’s first woman pilot

The Wichita County Historical Commission will dedicate a historical marker at 11 a.m. this Saturday to Jimmie Hudson Kolp, the county’s first woman pilot.

The ceremony will be at the Wichita Falls Regional Airport.

Kolp’s love of flying began when she spotted a plane over Electra. When it landed, she asked the pilot for a ride. That experience began a 40-year dedication to aviation.

Jimmie Kolp with a Cessna, one of nine airplanes she kept at her airport near Electra.

Her oilman husband bought her a biplane for Christmas and gave her 120 acres of pasture for an airfield. At one time, Kolp owned nine airplanes.

During her lifetime she flew as a courier in World War II, was the first woman commissioned in the Civil Air Patrol and was trustee of the Amelia Earhart Foundation.

Jimmie Kolp with a Cessna, one of nine airplanes she kept at her airport near Electra.

She also served as regional director of the National Aeronautics Association and was national treasurer of the International Organization of Women Pilots (Ninety-Nines) and gave flying lessons. She died in 1970.

Historians Becky Trammell and Elizabeth Hawley worked on the lengthy process of getting the marker approved and cast. The ceremony is open to the public.

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