This is the story of Tiny Broadwick, the first woman to parachute from an airplane. Born in 1893 and weighing only 3 pounds, Georgia (Tiny) was the last of seven daughters to George and Emma Ross in Greenville County, NC. By age 12 she stood at a height of 5 feet and only 85 pounds, thus the nickname “Tiny” was given and stuck. At age 15, Tiny was a single mom working twelve- to fourteen-hour shifts in a cotton mill hoping for a better job and a more meaningful life. As the Jones Carnival arrived in nearby Raleigh, Tiny was astounded by Charles Broadwick’s World Famous French Aeronauts parachuting from a hot air balloon. Performers would ascend in balloons and parachute down towards the watchful crowds. She shortly joined the traveling troupe after approaching Charles and convincing him of her potential. In 1908 Tiny jumped from her first hot air balloon at the North Carolina State Fair, later to complete over 1,000 jumps in her life while traveling around the United States.
As a Certified Flight Instructor on the Outer Banks of North Carolina I am pleased to say that when you fly with me you will be sure to have fun, be safe and learn to fly!