Clara Talley Kingston was born on March 22, 1920. Learning to fly during the years prior to World War II, Clara expressed an interest in serving her country by applying to join the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) program in 1943. Although she was accepted to the program, Clara never got the chance to serve as the WASP program was cancelled in 1944, before she had started training. Clara remained interested in aviation issues, researching and collecting information, as well as reading widely about numerous aviation topics. She also kept detailed journals of many trips she took, which provide her opinions of the various aircraft she flew in, as well as detailing two ocean cruises taken in the 1970s.

Clara married Robert E. Kingston, a pilot with Braniff Airways, who also served in World War II in the Air Transport Command (ATC). The ATC was a program that trained civilian airline pilots to fly cargo and transport missions to support the Allied Forces in World War II. The collection contains material from the careers of both Clara and Robert Kingston. Clara passed away on January 29, 2010 in Saint Simons Island, Georgia.

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