History: Artist and Pilot Aline Rhonie Paints Aviation Mural at Roosevelt Field

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Rhonie was a pioneer in aviation during World War II.

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Photo: Aline H Rhonie was known as a flying artist for her work encouraging female participation in the air defense program and British War Relief. She learned mural painting from Diego Rivera and painted the large aviation themed fresco mural in Hangar F at Roosevelt Field. Archives of American Art / No restrictions.

Aline Rhonie was a woman of many talents. An aviator who was the first woman to fly from New York to Mexico City, who also worked for the war relief effort during WWII, drove an ambulance in France during the war and advocated for the United States to train women fliers.

 

Rhonie wanted the U.S. to follow Britain's lead at the time, which was training women to fly liaison missions. She felt that women would be “very valuable in liaison missions,” according to a quote in one news report.

 

If that wasn’t enough, Rhonie was also an accomplished painted who learned mural painting from Diego Rivera and painted the large aviation themed fresco mural in Hangar F at Roosevelt Field.