Margaret Jane Ringenberg (Ray) (1921 - 2008)

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Nicknames: "Maggie Ray"
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, USA
Death: Died in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI, USA
Cause of death: died in her sleep of natural causes
Occupation: pilot; flight instructor
Managed by: Tammy Swingle (Tucker)
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About Margaret Jane Ringenberg (Ray)

Born in Fort Wayne, she was a self-employed pilot and was was a WASP during World War II. She was a member of Grabill Missionary Church, The Ninety Nines, AOPA, Experimental Aircraft Association, Air Race Classic Association, Smith Field Association, the Senior Saints and was Speaker for NASA Distinguished Lecture Series.

Ringenberg joined the WASPs in 1943 as a ferry pilot. After the WASPs disbanded, she became a flight instructor in 1945 and began racing in 1957.

Ringenberg announced the war's end in 1945 to Fort Wayne residents by dropping 56,000 leaflets proclaiming "Japan Surrenders!" from a plane over downtown. Both newspapers in the city were on strike, so a radio station hired her to make the historic "news drop."

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Margaret Jane Ringenberg's Timeline

1921
June 17, 1921
Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, USA
2008
July 2008
Age 87
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, WI, USA
August 5, 2008
Age 87
Fort Wayne, Allen County, IN, USA
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