Martha Volkomener Interview, 1991


Martha Volkomener


Margaret Eloise Sagmiller



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Marth Volkomener recounts growing up in West Virginia and her first experiences flying seaplanes after graduating from West Virginia Wesleyan College. She recalls the different requirements of flight school, the types of planes she flew, and her instructors. Volkomener talks about being one of 1,800 women who were accepted into a civil-service military flying program. She also describes some of her misadventures and close calls while flying different training missions. Volkomener recalls quitting flying when she married in 1950 due to the high cost of renting and flying a plane. She describes settling in the Great Falls, Montana area with her husband, and concludes the interview by describing her love of flying.

Document Type

Oral History


History of women pilots; Montana pilots; Aviators, women; Civil service aviators; U.S. Air Force, women pilots; Great Falls, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Women Pilots Oral History Project, OH 262, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 262-011, 012

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:13:39 minutes

Local Filename

OH_262_011_012.mp3; OH_262_011_012.pdf

Martha Volkomener Interview, 1991