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Female pilot entertains Larned Correctional inmates

Courtesy photo Wichita pilot Kay Alley spoke recently about her love of flying to Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility inmates, who listened with interest.

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By Jim Misunas

LARNED — Professional pilot Kay Alley transformed a family tragedy into a lifelong hobby and career of flying airplanes.
The Wichita pilot and her husband lost their 12-year-old son Eric Layne Alley to a childhood disease in 1974 at a hospital in Palo, Alto, Calif.
Ironically, Kay had just tweaked her interest in flying just prior to that tragedy. She used a coupon from a magazine advertising a Cessna Discovery Flight. For $5, she took her first airplane ride at the Augusta Airport in 1974.
She was 100 feet off the ground in her first ...

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