Part autobiography, part social history and part laugh-out-loud comedy, Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon is an irreverent romp through the worlds of medicine and the military.
When Dr. Hall graduated from medical school in 1970, barely 7 out of 100 of America’s doctors were women—and very few of them joined the military. Breaking down barriers was par for the course for Dr. Hall.
• second woman ever to do an Air Force internship
• the only woman doctor at David Grant USAF Medical Center
• the only female military doctor in Spain
• she was refused a radiology residency because they subtracted points for women
While in the military, Dr. Hall, who retired a full colonel, couldn’t have dependents, she was paid less than her male counterparts, she couldn’t live on base and her civilian husband was not even covered for medical care or allowed to shop on base.
As a woman in a male-dominated field, she encountered prejudice, silliness and even frank disbelief. Thankfully, her sense of humor kept her afloat—picture her admitting a spider to the hospital or singing “The Mickey Mouse Club March” on a field exercise. She did both.
Along the way, she found time to buy her own airplane, learn to fly it—in that order—and have two babies of her own.
After spending six years as a General Medical Officer with the USAF in Franco’s Spain, she became a family-practice specialist and a flight surgeon, doing everything from delivering babies to flying a B-52.
Women Aren’t Supposed to Fly: The Memoirs of a Female Flight Surgeon is an entertaining story of what it was like to be a mother, female doctor, flight surgeon, pilot and military officer in a world that wasn’t quite ready for her yet.