Lynchburg highway marker dedicated to aviation pioneer

By  | 

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) A groundbreaking figure in the world of aviation is getting some recognition in her hometown of Lynchburg.

A new highway marker was unveiled Friday afternoon on Memorial Avenue, honoring the life of Lucille Chaffin Kent.

Kent was one of the nation's first female flight instructors. During World War II, she taught around 2,000 future military pilots and wrote a comprehensive manual on aeronautics.

A parade in Kent's honor was held at E.C. Glass High School Friday, where she worked for many years.

"She made so many dramatic contributions to aviation. It's very appropriate to put this historical marker here," said Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt, director of the Air Force JROTC at E.C. Glass.

Kent died in 1997 at the age of 89. Her relatives were on hand for Friday's dedication ceremony.