If there's a power couple among aviation pioneers, it's definitely the Merrills. Elliott learned to fly in 1926 and worked as a flight instructor and general service pilot before eventually being hired by Boeing as an experimental test pilot. His long list of test flights includes the B-17G Flying Fortress, the XB-29 Superfortress, the XC-97 Stratofreighter, and the B-47 Stratojet.
Mildred, who learned to fly through one of Elliott's flight training courses, was a co-founder of the Associated Women Pilots of Boeing Field and an active member of the International Organization of Women Pilots ("The Ninety-Nines"). She was also a certified airmail pilot, flying routes between Olympia and Seattle for Pacific Air Transport.
Their joint collection contains numerous clippings, photographs, and documents of their aviation careers, including this photograph of them enjoying their favorite pastime together: being pilots!
Photo credit: The A. Elliott and Mildred (Filz) Merrill Collection/The Museum of Flight
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