Fri July 18, 2014
Woman Flies Solo in Male-Dominated, Early Aviation
And fly she did. Carless had a month of lessons in an old army-training plane. “When I came down after my first solo flight, that was a thrill. I had to play hide-and-seek with … (another small plane).” Returning to her job at a fruit-packing company, Carless continued to fly. She was Medford’s only woman pilot and obtained her private license in 1935, the same year she married Fuller Arney. She had been flying his little red plane, the Waco F, in Medford. Carless said, “To fly into the dawn, to fly into the sunset, to fly over the water, or over hundreds of little homes at night, and wonder what they are planning for the evening. It makes you feel—omnipotent!”
Source: Butler, Jeunesse. "Dorothy Carless, Licensed Airplane Pilot." Pear-O-Scope April; p. 8.