Hazel Smothers was born November 22, 1929 in San Luis Obispo. She gained her Private Pilot’s License 19 Oct 1961; Helicopter License 12 Jan, 1968; Multi-engine certificate 24 Mar 1970; Commercial Rating 31 Jan 1977, #1513114. She held a type certificate for Single & Multi-engine Land, plus Rotorcraft & Helicopter. Ms. Smothers was the 119th woman inducted to the "Whirly Girls" (1968). From 1968-1972, she was a member of the “Posse-Ettes” and a deputized pilot for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, flying SAR and body recovery missions for the Sheriff and Coroner’s office in her Bell 47. In 1969, she participated and won her division of the "Powder Puff Derby" transcontinental air race in a Cessna 172.
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