|Died||September 21, 1984 (aged 61)|
Akron, Ohio, US
|Service/||United States Air Force Reserve|
Jean Hixson was born in Hoopeston, Illinois. Hixson began taking flying lessons at age 16 and was able to get her pilot's license by the age of 18. After Hixson received her license, she began to train with the Women's Air force Service Pilots (WASP). During World War II Hixson flew B-25 Mitchells as an engineering test pilot. After the war, she became a flight instructor in Akron, Ohio. After hours, she attended Akron University and received a degree in Elementary and Secondary Education.
Life after Mercury 13
In 1982, she retired from the Air Force Reserves as a Colonel, and that same year chaired a WASP reunion.
In 1983 she completed 30 years of service with the Akron, Ohio school system.
Hixson died of cancer at age 61 on September 21, 1984.
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