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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots)
  • Location of Service: Wilmington, Delaware

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"I've been asked, 'How long are you are going to fly?' and I say, 'As long as I can get in and out of the airplane.'" (Video Interview, 1:39:01)

Margaret Ringenberg grew up on an Indiana farm in the 1920s and 30s, so isolated from the world that she'd never heard of Amelia Earhart. But she was interested in flying. Her modest ambition was to become a flight attendant, but she soon set her sights higher. The Civil Air Patrol trained her as a flyer, and the WASP accepted her as part of their fifth class, the first to train solely at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. Once she had her wings, she was based out of Wilmington, Delaware, ferrying planes during the war. "Not content to sit at home" after the WASP were disbanded, Ringenberg kept on flying, managing to pull off her first around-the-world flight at the age of 72.

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Margaret Ray Ringenberg Collection
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About this Item

Title

  • Margaret Ray Ringenberg Collection

Names

  • Lugar, Richard
  • U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar
  • Brunson, Joe
  • Ringenberg, Margaret Ray

State of Birth

  • IN

Home State

  • IN

Headings

  • -  Ringenberg, Margaret Ray
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots).

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Female

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots)
    • Location of Service: Wilmington, Delaware
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1944
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 07/19/2004)
  • Manuscript: Biographical information [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 07/19/2004)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/54281

Cite as

  • Margaret Ray Ringenberg Collection (AFC/2001/001/54281), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • online text
  • image
  • audio
  • video

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Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Lugar, Richard, U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar, Joe Brunson, and Margaret Ray Ringenberg. Margaret Ray Ringenberg Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.54281/.

APA citation style:

Lugar, R., U.S. Senate/Richard Lugar, Brunson, J. & Ringenberg, M. R. (1943) Margaret Ray Ringenberg Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.54281/.

MLA citation style:

Lugar, Richard, et al. Margaret Ray Ringenberg Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.54281/>.