First In Flight

T’ville Woman Celebrates 93rd Birthday With Inaugural Trip

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Posted: March 22, 2014

Ethel Pence has her seat belt double-checked by Debbie Dukes, pastor at Mount Zion Lutheran Church, before taking off from New Market Airport on Friday. Pence, who celebrates her 93rd birthday on Sunday, had never stepped in an airplane before Friday. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
Ethel Pence exits the Cessna Skyhawk 172 airplane with the help of pilot Bill Whiteford of New Market (right) after her first flight.
A Cessna Skyhawk 172 airplane, provided by Blue Ridge Aviation, flies near New Market Airport on Friday morning, where Ethel Pence flew for the first time.
Pilot Bill Whiteford of New Market gives Ethel Pence of Timberville a kiss after a successful flight at the New Market Airport Friday.

NEW MARKET — Ethel Pence was born just 18 years after Orville and Wilbur Wright made the world’s first powered and controlled flight.

But in all the years that followed — through the barnstorming…

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