I shot Alice Godwin at the Cape Girardeau Municipal Airport on April 12, 1967, but I can’t find the story that I know ran. I looked at every Missourian over a three-week period and couldn’t find a single word about her or why she was putting a plaque in a showcase.
For what it’s worth, this is a nice portrait of a woman in a cockpit. I’m sure I didn’t use fill flash, so I must have gotten lucky with an overcast sky that kept it from being too contrasty.
Not-bad plaque picture
If you have to shoot a cliche picture, you might as well do it well. This is better than average. I just wish I could read what the plaque says.
Like Terry Eiler, my Magazine and Newspaper Photography instructor wrote across one of my college assignments, “Congratulations. You are now a better than average hack.”
First thought was Powder Puff Derby
My first thought was maybe this might have been related to when the Powder Puff Derby came to Cape in 1966, but I couldn’t confirm it.
Here are some aviation stories from over the years.
- Aerial photos of Cape Airport in 2011
- Cape Aviation Day, 1964
- First trip on Cape Air
- Flying from St. Louis to Cape on Cape Air
- 1944 prediction of a plane in every garage
- Powder Puff pilots who landed in Cape in 1966 hold reunion in 1996
- Bernice Steadman, Mary Clark win Derby after overnighting in Cape
- Mrs. Rush Limbaugh, Jr, chief tower timer
- Cape Aviation Timeline, 1907-1947
- Cape Aviation Timeline, 1948-1973
- Cape Aviation Timeline, 1974-1989
- Cape Aviation Timeline, 1990-2005
- Sharon Sanders blog containing lots of links
[Editor’s note: I originally identified this woman as Alice Higgins, but David Seesing set me straight: “The lady in the photo is Alice Godwin wife of John Godwin. John and J.T. Seesing owned Cape Central Airways. Alice and John competed and won numerous aviation competitions. I have since updated the post.]