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A sporting pilot who has flown more than half of her life, Mrs. Whyte at 53 holds 27 trophies for feats in the air ranging from acrobatics to spot landings. She won the 1953 Women's International Air Race, holds eight pilot ratings, including helicopter. When not in the air Mrs. Whyte has served as a Navy nurse and in World War II was nurse in an Army general hospital in the Philippines. At present a flight instructor in Fort Worth and married to a flight instructor, she has taught over 350 youngsters, including her daughter, to fly during her career. This airborne lady is currently planning to compete in the Women's International Air Race from Corpus Christi, Texas to Havana next year. "My ambition," she says, "is to fly until I am 100."

Brigadier General Olds, the man who commands the 26th Air Division, responsible for the air defense of some 44 million Americans in nine eastern states, finds relaxation from that burden in his sports car. "Checked out" in the fastest operational fighter plane in the country, the delta-wing Convair F-102A interceptor, the general currently uses an Austin-Healey 100 as his earthbound vehicle for off-duty hours. When time allows, he drives in rallies, often with his son Jack, a student in Newport's Naval Officer Candidate School, as navigator and relief driver. Sports car enthusiasm is a family affair for the Oldses, since both the general's wife and daughter share the interest, a bug caught four years ago when they were stationed in Georgia.