Unless you're an aviation enthusiast, you might not have heard of Margaret Ray Ringenberg, who died this weekend at 87. But trust us, she was awesome. A plane nut from childhood, Ringenberg had resigned herself to working as a flight attendant, when World War II allowed her to attend flight school and join the Women Airforce Service Pilots. Post-war, Ringenberg gave flying lessons and raced into her 70s, ultimately logging more than 40,000 miles in the cockpit and earning an induction into the Women in Aviation International Conference's Pioneer Hall of Fame. And if you gotta go, this is the way: Ringenberg passed away in her sleep, at an Experimental Aircraft Association event. [Los Angeles Times]
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