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Katherine Stinson (14 February 1891, in Fort Payne, Alabama– July 8, 1977, in Santa Fe, New Mexico) was an early female flier. She was the fourth woman in the United States to obtain a pilot’s certificate, which she earned on 24 July 1912, at the age of 21 while residing in Pine Bluff, AR. Initially, she planned to get her certificate and use money she earned from exhibition flying to pay for hermusic lessons . However, she found she liked flying so much that she gave up her piano career and decided to become an aviatrix.