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  • 'Wild Mama,' Carbonell's Cessna 182 in flight, nicknamed because of the WM on the aircraft identification number.  'Some argue that the name applies equally to the pilot,' says Carbonell.
  • Terry Carbonell, left, and Theresa White before a flight in ‘Wild Mama,’ the Cessna 182 the women will fly in the Air Race Classic in June. Carbonell is a member of the Paradise Coast 99s. White is with the Oklahoma Chapter 99s.
  • Members of the Paradise Coast 99s invite women interested in flying to join them for dinner before their meeting once a month. Amelia Earhart started the flying club in 1929, and today the organization is represented in every state. Only women can join, but social events often include their male counterparts, dubbed “49-1/2s,” a name husbands gave themselves back when Earhart founded the group.
  • Maria Molter stands by her Piper Cherokee at the Marco Island Executive Airport after a flying lesson.  Molter purchased the single-engine airplane in 2005.
  • Terry Carbonell at cruising altitude in the left seat of her Cessna 182, aka ‘Wild Mama,’ wearing her ‘A Woman’s Place is in the Cockpit’ ballcap.
  • Judy Bowser, a charter member of the Paradise Coast 99s, in front of her Cessna 182. After taking a Companion Course, she decided she wanted to learn to fly herself. She earned her private pilot’s license in April 2004.
  • Famed female pilot Amelia Earhart.

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