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Barbara Rainey
Original name: Barbara Allen
Birth: Aug. 20, 1948
Death: Jul. 13, 1982

Aviatrix. The US's first woman Naval Aviator. A Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy Reserve, she became he first woman naval aviator. Born Barbara Allen at Bethesda, Maryland, the daughter of a career Naval Officer, she became an outstanding athlete at Long Beach City College, California, and later at Whittier College. In 1970, she enlisted in the United States Navy, and was immediately sent to Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, where she was commissioned an Ensign in December 1970. Seeking a greater challenge, she applied for aviation training, and at her graduation from flight school at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station, Texas, on February 22, 1974, she became the first female aviator in United States Navy history. She married John C. Rainey, who she had met in flight school, and in November 1977, resigned her Regular Navy commission when she became pregnant with her first daughter. Remaining active in the Navy Reserve, and while pregnant with their second daughter, she qualified to fly the DC-6. When the Navy experienced a shortage of flight instructors in 1981, she accepted a recall to active duty as a flight instructor, and was stationed at Whiting Field Naval Air Station to Squadron VT-3. On July 13, 1982, she and a student, Ensign Donald Bruce Knowlton, were killed in the crash of a T-34C Turbo-Mentor trainer aircraft while practicing touch and go landings at Middleton Field, near Evergreen, Alabama. Neither flyer had time to bail out of the dual-seat aircraft and both were killed on impact. (bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) 

Cause of death: Plane crash
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 6, Lot#5813, Map Grid-X/Y-22
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jan 06, 1999
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Barbara Rainey
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