RED TAIL CADET PROGRAM - 2022 GRADUATION
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Selected from a pool of applicants from the Ferguson-Florissant School District, the cadets are chosen based on their academic excellence, community involvement, and their aptitude for success in a rigorous aviation program.
Ruth Mann Scholarship
Her God-given aviation talent was evident, and she continued her flight training becoming a Certified Flight Instructor with commercial and airline transport ratings as well as aerobatic training. She had little regard for her uniqueness as a female flight instructor and perhaps one of only a few female captains in corporate aviation during the 1970s and 1980s. Her passion was flying, and that was her focus. When confronted with male corporate executives who were dubious about her ability to captain the plane, often without a copilot, she confidently reassured them that she intended to arrive safely with them at their destination. Perhaps the greatest highlight of her 25 year aviation career was the development and implementation of “Lifeguard” flights. She and her husband, a pediatrician, pioneered transporting critically ill newborn infants from rural areas to pediatric ICUs, often in less than desirable weather conditions. Many infant lives were saved through their effort and commitment to using their God-given talents to serve others.
Captain Ruth Mann Honor Cadet (2022 DJ Beal)During the Red Tail Cadet Program Kick-Off ceremony, one cadet will be recognized as the Captain Ruth Mann Honor Cadet. They will receive a black jacket with captain’s bars, certificate, and a scholarship to complete their private pilot’s license. To be considered for this honor, the cadet must display strong teamwork, personal grit, and aviation acumen. Additionally, the Captain Ruth Mann Honor Cadet will need to have demonstrated the interpersonal behaviors and social skills necessary for them to serve as a lead ambassador for the program in the community.