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This profile was last updated on 6/28/08  and contains information from public web pages.

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  • Winston-Salem Business College
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Black Shadow Aviation: Roy's Cockpit, 28 June 2008 [cached]
I think the proper word is Lithesome… but in the back of my mind… I was already hearing that wonderful little soft country song… "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On" … It was the first time I ever laid eyes on Connie Bowlin.
Over the years I got to know her and her husband Ed well… Two of the nicest, kindest folks I've ever known… both destined to become legends in the "Warbird" community. Connie would prove to be as beautiful inside as she was out… Confident but not arrogant and she flew as gracefully as she walked. It is a friendship I've always cherished. How can you not love someone who rubs elbows with the elite of the aviation world… and yet always remembers your birthday with a card or email?
There are times in life when you look at others and wonder how they ended up being the people they were? As I got to know Connie and Ed… some things became readily apparent… her grace and demeanor came natural… the product of a loving family and a solid southern upbringing… other things were more subtle… and the missing link was answered at an Air Show in Macon, Georgia, one day.
As Connie and I watched the T-6 go through its' routine, I realized I was watching a master at work. The routine was fluid, smooth and graceful. No herky-jerky, manhandling and brutal abuse of the sky and plane… just a wonderful display of skill and coordination. I turned to Connie and opined, "I don't know who that guy is… but he's my kind of pilot… he's the best I've seen in a long time". Connie turned and looked down at me, half smiled and said, "It's Ed". Her mentor… her man, her mate… and a hell of a man he is.
I know Ed is a wonderful instructor and mentor…but in Connie's case… he had a lot to work with. She started at Delta as a Flight Attendant and that's where she and Ed first met. After dating for a while, she indicated an interest in learning to fly and Ed started her out at the bottom of the heap… making her help overhaul an engine for the Piper Cub she'd learn to fly in (the girl has no problem getting her hands dirty, more on that later)… once soloed… she moved rapidly on to more complicated aircraft… getting her tickets along the way.
In what I consider a short time… she became a pilot for Delta and started flying Warbirds as well… Before her Delta career was over, Connie was a Captain on the 757/767 and had flown just about every other type in the fleet. And her Warbird career is just as impressive… having flown an impressive number of different military aircraft.
But there is so much more to her than that… If ever the EAA or the Warbird community in particular… needed an ambassador or representative of someone who cares… who paid their dues… does it right and continues to sacrifice and support whenever called… it is Connie Bowlin. Where Sue Parrish left off… Connie picked up the baton and ran with it.
Connie has done it all.
And she has given unselfishly of herself and her time (not to mention a ton of money) to support the EAA and the Warbird Community at large. She has flown air shows… she has written articles… she has made appearances and served on boards. And she has done it all with good cheer and humility… asking nothing in return. In addition to this, she and Ed have given incredible support to the Annual Gathering of Eagles over at Maxwell AFB… giving rides to future aviators of the next century… and doing anything else they are asked to do. I have often wondered… what inspires others to give so selflessly. Thank God our community and country still produces folks such as this.
Two stories I love to tell about Connie… in the mid-eighties, I was culling a junk yard in Macon, Georgia… about 65 miles south of where Connie and Ed lived. It was dirty, filthy work and my labor pool was generally comprised of street types that hung around the local welfare office. I was an equal opportunity employer… including one fella whose name was Henry, but preferred to be called Henrietta… I'll let Connie tell you about Henrietta.
One day, I'm standing on a pile of rubble over looking the workers and all of a sudden, they stopped… all of them staring behind me… as I looked over my shoulder, there stood Connie, blue jeans and all. I had to smile to myself, because their reaction was much like mine when I first saw her. She walked up and said, "how's it going"? I explained to her it was slow… that there was so much stuff to look through… that it took all my attention just to identify things and separate the good from the bad… she then said, "I'll help". One minute later, she's down in the rubble with the rest of the workers… picking, sorting and getting dirty as hell… Henrietta was beside himself… he couldn't believe this graceful beauty was willing to get down in the dirt just like the rest of the guys… all of them, to say the least, were impressed.
One fall many years ago… the blond and I went up to Griffin (actually I think it's Zebulon) to spend the weekend with Connie and Ed… They, along with the Bass's live on a private airport… as I drove along the little one lane black top to their house, the autumn leaves were floating across the driveway… it was one of those perfect days, just a hint of chill in the air and a very light breeze.
As Connie climbed for altitude and leveled off… I watched in amazement as Connie put the Mustang through it's paces… a graceful aileron roll (so smooth)… followed by a Cuban Eight, then pulling up into a smooth perfect loop… capped off with a four point roll… I said, "Ed, you're watching history in the making… I just hope I don't have clean up after it… the blond has never been upside down in an airplane in her life". About that time, Connie comes down the runway and does a long graceful pitch out for landing… as they touched down, the blond can be seen waving from the backseat… grinning from ear to ear. Blow me over with a feather!
I asked the blond later why the white knuckles with me and obvious joy, flying with Connie, her reply was classic blond… "Because she's a woman"… Well duh? No shit; I knew that the first time I saw her… I shook my head and gave up… realizing an old friend had figured it out long ago, when he said, "Shadow, even if you did know how a woman thinks… you wouldn't believe it anyway"! It still was frustrating… by that time I'd had a fairly impressive resume myself… a bona fide military fighter pilot, carrier pilot, bagged six night traps in one night under horrible conditions… survived stupidity in the cockpit… fires in flight and a whole host of other emergencies… but when it came to trust… gender trumped it all.
I've thought about it over the years… I had two daughters… and I'd always wanted them to aspire to higher ground… and it dawned on me one day that they needed hero's too, that they could relate to… like I had when I came up… people of their own gender who made it through hard work and persistence… and Connie Bowlin personifies the roll model I would want them to follow… and to be honest… she's a hell of a role model for anyone… man or woman.
Connie is a great ambassador for our group and deserves recognition for all she has contributed over these many years… you know, some things are hard to improve on… a crisp fall day, turning leaves, a Mustang… and Baby's got her blue jeans on… it don't get any better than this!
Legendary Airplanes Featured  In-Depth at ‘Warbirds in Review’, 16 Jan 2002 [cached]
"The presentations will be conducted right at the airplanes with the owner," said Connie Bowlin, Warbirds of America Board member."People will get to learn all about each airplane, including the technical and restoration histories and any combat history, and ask questions."
The confirmed lineup of people and airplanes include the following:
February 15, 2009 - EAA Warbirds ..., 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
February 15, 2009 - EAA Warbirds of America congratulates Ed and Connie Bowlin for their induction to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. They joined three other inductees in a special ceremony at the Museum of Aviation, located at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia on Saturday evening, February 14. Their flying careers crossed paths while working for Delta Airlines - Ed as a pilot and Connie as a flight attendant. Connie went on to obtain her private, multi, commercial, instrument, and ATP ratings and in March, 1978 became the 4 th female pilot hired by Delta - one of the first 50 women pilots hired by a major carrier. At the time of their retirement, they had accumulated a total of 67 years of service with Delta Airlines.
Connie has served on the EAA Warbirds of America Board of Directors since 1992, serving as Secretary and a member of the executive, site planning, air show, and editorial committees. She has spearheaded the popular Warbirds In Review Program during EAA AirVenture. Connie has flown the EAA B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" on tour and is currently active in flying P-51 Mustangs.
Ed served in the Tennessee Air National Guard for 15 years before beginning his career with Delta Airlines. He has participated in many air shows during EAA AirVenture, most often flying the P-51 Mustang. He has also played a support role in the Warbirds in Review Program.
Aviation Hall of Fame inductees, and ..., 5 Dec 2014 [cached]
Aviation Hall of Fame inductees, and professional and "Warbird" pilots, Ed and Connie Bowlin created Aviation Autographs in 1999.
"The new website gives our customers much greater ordering capabilities," says Connie Bowlin.
Connie Bowlin - EAA Warbirds ..., 24 Sept 2008 [cached]
Connie Bowlin - EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame
Connie Bowlin
Connie Bowlin
Warbirds of America Hall of FameAfter completing studies at Winston-Salem Business College in 1970, Connie Bowlin began her aviation career as a Delta Airlines flight attendant.During her time with Delta, she obtained her private, commercial, and airline transport pilot certificates and multiengine and instrument ratings.She became the fourth female pilot hired by Delta and one of the first 50 women pilots hired by a major commercial airline.
Bowlin flew as a second officer on the Boeing 727 and as a copilot on the DC-9 and Boeing 767/757 before eventually moving to captain on the DC-9.In 2003, she retired as a Boeing-767/757 captain.She not only flew commercial aircraft but warbirds as well.She has enjoyed flying the P-51 Mustang and EAA's B-17.She has more than 17,000 hours of flying time in more than 70 different aircraft.
Her involvement with warbirds, aviation history, and aviation friendships inspired her to co-found has also become one of the driving forces behind EAA's popular Warbirds in Review program at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.In 1998, Bowlin was honored as an Eagle at the Gathering of Eagles and remains an inspiration to both female and male pilots.
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