Crosswind Chatter Newsletter: Historic Colorado 99 Stories: Mae Boettcher

Crosswind Chatter Newsletter: Historic Colorado 99 Stories: Mae Boettcher

By Penny Hamilton
Crosswind Chatter Newsletter

Mae Boettcher Stapleton 1946
Colorado 99, Mae Boettcher, was an early
promoter of aviation and airline service in
Colorado. Mae became a pilot and member
of The 99s after her 1944 marriage to
Charles Boettcher II, an avid business flyer.
On November 27, 1946, Monarch Airlines,
based in Denver, began service. That first
flight in a Douglas DC3 flew from Denver to Durango.

It was 1946. Harry Truman was President. World War II was over, gas was 15 cents a gallon and the average price for a new car was $1,120. Tupperware and the electric blanket were introduced to Americans. A top song was Zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care book was the top topic for parents.

According to Josephine Trinder, the Colorado 99s met for dinner that early January evening at the home of one of their newer members, Mae Boettcher. Mae had worked in a munitions factory contributing to the war effort. After her 1944 marriage to Charles Boettcher II, Mae earned her pilot license and joined The 99s. Jennie Joan Tschoep was our Chapter Chair, and Darlene Young Secretary. Former WASP, Betty Clark, was the speaker, also a new chapter member.

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