Lucile Mary Bledsoe - Honored in 1994
This active and enthusiastic flyer was born on September 11, 1921 in Duluth, Minnesota. She has resided in Colorado since 1929. She started flying in 1978, soloing in Wray, Colorado and obtained her private license in October 1978. Since that time, she has progressed through many ratings. She is currently a Certified Flight and Instrument Instructor (CFII) and she is checked out in a number of high-performance aircraft. She uses her aircraft in the operation of Bledsoe Enterprises, a ranching business.
She has been active in local air races and she has placed among the winners in the Mile High Air Derby during 1985-1992. She flies a 1992 Beech Bonanza B-36, a Cessna 172 or the company aircraft, a Cessna T-210.
Lucile has been active in community work with the Wray Chamber of Commerce Airport Commission. She has promoted improvements to the Wray Airport which have aided the local economy. Lucile helps in classes to introduce aviation to the youth of her community. She teaches classes at Northeastern Community College in Sterling and at local high schools.
She has served with distinction as the secretary of the Colorado Aeronautics Board and more recently she served on the advisory board for the massive air show held to commemorate the opening of the Denver International Airport in 1993.
Lucile has been active in the Colorado 99s, the Flying Farmers and Ranchers, the Colorado Aviation Historical Society and the Colorado Pilots Association (CPA). She served as an area representative for the CPA, and she has organized sessions for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 'Wings' programs in her area. She has been an active flight instructor demanding a very high standard of performance and safety for herself, her students and passengers.
Lucile has accumulated many thousands of hours of safe flying. She has been honored by the Colorado 99s, the Colorado Pilots Association 'Blue Max' award and her induction into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame.