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World War II aviator donates aircraft to Pearson Air Museum

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A woman who sold her accordion during World War II to pay for lessons so she could fly airplanes in the war effort made her last flight into Vancouver Tuesday.

Then she gave her favorite airplane to Pearson Air Museum.

It wasn’t just any airplane, either. It was the 1953 model Cessna that in 1956 and 1957 she flew solo around the world.

“I’m not crying out loud — not yet,” said pilot Jan Wood, 85, of Reseda, Calif. She was a little unsteady on her legs in the 100-degree heat as she stepped out of the airplane at the museum at 3 p.m.
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