Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Ann Allen (Rainey) (1948-1982)Pilot : C-118 (DC-6), T-34C Mentor. First woman pilot in U.S. Military - 1974
Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Ann Allen (Rainey)
Born on August 20, 1948 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, the daughter of a career Naval Officer. She was an outstanding athlete at Long Beach (CA) City College and later transferred to Whittier College in California. She was commissioned in the United States Naval Reserve in ceremonies at US Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, in December 1970, and was assigned to the Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Virginia, later transferring to SACLANT in Norfolk, Virginia.
In 1981, with the Navy experiencing a shortage of flight instructors, she was accepted for recall to active duty as a flight instructor and was assigned to VT-3 as Naval Air Station Whiting Field, flying the T-34C Mentor. On July 13, 1982, she was killed in a crash while practicing touch-and-go landings at Middleton Field near Evergreen, Alabama.