May 14, 2012
"Evelyn Bryan Johnson last flew a plane in 2005. Two years later, she remained eager to get back behind the controls," the New York Times reports. "But the loss of a leg and glaucoma conspired to end the flying career of the woman who at her death at 102, on Thursday in Jefferson City, Tenn., had piloted an airplane more hours than anybody else alive — 57,635.4 hours, or more than 6 1/2 years. No woman has flown more and only one man has. Neither have aeronautical giants like Chuck Yeager and John Glenn."