365 DAYS OF AVIATION
Inspiring & Motivational Life Stories From
Aviation Enthusiasts & Professionals
Aviators are our hidden gems that keep people and products moving safely through the skies. That includes administrative personnel, baggage/material handlers, engineers, airport staff, astronauts, aircraft mechanics, pilots, facility engineers, flight standards, training, aviation organizations, supporting personnel and the many roles within the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Your unique story as a member of this exclusive club must be shared. Is there a special day in the year, which holds special meaning for you? Select that date now as your very own special page, tell us your inspiring story of achievement, and help the next generation of aviators.
Your motivational story and donation will help to fund:
Now, for a limited time you have the opportunity to submit your short story and color photo to be published in both printed book and eBook, which is certain to inspire and motivate countless others around the world.
Thank you in advance for sharing your story and helping ensure the success of future aviators. All of you are, in many ways, the inspiration for this rare book – “365 Days of Aviation.” I absolutely love aviation! With the support of the greatest trainer in the world, Marvin “Mack” Archer – In 1982, I became the 3rd black female to certify as a Memphis Center (Enroute) Air Traffic Controller. This may not seem impressive, unless you know that Memphis Center opened in 1942!
Because of my love of aerospace – I have met and interviewed many pioneers, among them were – Martha Jack, first female supervisor at Memphis Center; the first Memphis Tower Chief – Jimmy Arthur; and Memphis Flight Service Station Specialist Walter Mewborn who began his aviation career in the 1940s. I have met many Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen including Lt Col Luke Weathers, who was also one of the first black air traffic controllers. I have a picture with one of the original 99’s – Aviatrix Bobbi Trout. And I even have a handwritten note from one of America’s greatest pilots – “Mama Bird” – Evelyn Johnson and one from Bessie Coleman historian – Doris Rich! I spent several hours interviewing Master Pilot Eugene May who earned his pilot’s license in 1948 – he left Jackson, Tennessee and traveled to Chicago because he wanted to learn to fly an “aeroplane.”
Several years ago, I envisioned a book that would share the motivation and the fun of the many individuals who work in and/or love aviation while also providing assistance to future aviators. In early 2021, this vision came into fruition with support from Mrs. Laverne Reid (retired FAA New England Region Airports Division Manager) and Arlander “Duff” Barker (FAA Miami FSDO). Mrs. Reid’s donation was in memory of her best friend and one of my role models, Mrs. Eleanor Joyce Toliver Williams.
I sincerely thank and give shouts out to Ms. Lori Moore Braneon for sharing her exceptional creativity. I owe much gratitude to the “365 Days of Aviation” committee (Jaleesa Peete, Marvin Stewart and my beautiful, smart daughters – Celika Caldwell and Zakiyyah Langford-May). Their knowledge, commitment and patience in this endeavor were stellar and much needed. Without them, this vision would only be a thought.
I look forward to reading your inspirational story. All of us have one!
It looks like a good day to fly!
Taste of Aviation President and Cofounder
We are a nationally recognized non-profit organization who use Science, Reading, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Mathematics (STREAM) to advance the future of aviation and aerospace.
We are excited to announce and to archive your aviation legacy in our upcoming book – 365 Days of Aviation – Never Let Them See You Sweat. This full-color, one-of-a-kind book compilation will feature inspirational and motivational stories of both aviation enthusiasts, as well as, industrious, dedicated aviation and aerospace professionals, like Ms. Eleanor Williams, the first black female to certify as a FAA Air Traffic Controller and to manage an Enroute Air Traffic Control Center. This book will be full of unique stories of triumph, perseverance, and the love of aviation!
WHAT AVIATION PROFESSIONALS ARE SAYING
“It is important to show future aviators the perseverance of the many black aviators that came before them.”
“People with power write history! Be Powerful!
“In order to achieve success you must be willing to risk failure. Doing nothing may prevent you from failing but it also may prevent you from succeeding.”
“Our youth are our future”
“The principle of the ‘Eternal Now’ is at work here. The past brings us to the present, what is done in the present, determines our future.”
“Pursuing a career in aviation provides one with limitless potential”