Grand County pilot enshrined in Aviation Hall Fame
On Oct. 4, 2014, former longtime Grand County resident Emily Howell Warner will be enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame at a gala banquet in Dayton, Ohio, which is known as America’s “Oscar Night of Aviation.”
For more than 25 years, Emily and her late husband, Julius, developed and lived at Ouray Ranch just north of Granby and kept their Cessna 182 at the Granby/Grand County Airport. The Warners were founding members of the Friends of the Granby Airport Inc. and Emily is a current member of Middle Park Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1267.
Emily, America’s first female jet airline captain and the first woman to lead an all-woman airline crew, will join such previous inductees as: Buzz Aldrin, Eileen Collins, Amelia Earhart, John Glenn, Bob Hoover, Bill Lear, Charles Lindbergh, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, William Piper, and Chuck Yeager. Only 15 other women aviators have ever been enshrined by the National Aviation Hall of Fame.
“While I am honored to be known as ‘America’s First Lady of the Airline Flight Deck’,” said Emily “my heart has always been with smaller aircraft such as the Cessna 182 that Julius and I kept at the Granby Airport. Some of my fondest memories are of providing flight checks for local pilots and of working together to repaint the barrels around the wind-direction indicator and doing the airport clean-up, fix-up projects.”
In 1973, Emily received the Amelia Earhart Award as the outstanding woman in U.S. aviation. Her airline captain’s uniform hangs in the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
In 1983, she was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. In 1992, Warner was inducted into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame. In 1993, her name was installed in the International Forest of Friendship. The Emily Howell Warner Aviation Education Resource Center was established in the Granby Public Library in 1994. In 1994, the Colorado Senate passed Resolution 94-29: Honoring Captain Emily Warner for her achievements in aviation history.
She was inducted into the Colorado Wings over the Rockies Museum in 2000, the, National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2010, Warner served as the Grand Marshal for Granby’s Fourth of July Parade.
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