Oral history interview of Virginia Edwards. Interview conducted by Karen Kelly at the veteran's home in Orlando, Florida on July 18, 2017.
0:01 Introduction; 0:33 Biographical information; 1:00 Family in the military, influences to enlist; 2:14 Basic training, average day; 3:17 Drill sergeants and adapting to military life; 4:03 Life in the Air Force, her duties; 4:53 Advanced training as air operations specialist; 5:18 Difference between basic training and first assignment; 5:53 Navigation training in Hawaii; 6:35 Time in Hawaii, getting matching tattoos with other women; 7:57 First women to receive navigation training, shunned by male counterparts; 8:43 Relationship between men and women in the Air Force; 10:00 MATS (Military Air Transport); 10:24 Work as a weather specialist and talking with the wives of AF pilots; 11:22 Relationship with pilots; 12:05 Flying a lot and traveling; 14:00 Entertainment on bases; 15:18 Freedom in the Air Force; 16:14 Relationships with other women in the Air Force; 17:15 Changes in the Air Force for women; 18:00 Leaving the military, becoming a massage therapist; 19:37 Deciding to leave the military; 20:00 Transition to civilian life; 21:12 Working in Miami; 22:52 Effect of military experience on civilian life; 23:54 Thoughts on experience in the military; 25:40 Being young and single in the military; 27:07 Differences between the Air Force and other branches; 29:10 Thoughts on the Cold War at the time; 30:15 Working for entertainer, Kay Stevens, meeting other entertainers; 34:00 Work as a massage therapist; 34:50 Having a baby and giving her up for adoption; 37:07 Joining a church led by Benny Hinn and moving to Orlando; 39:07 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
War or Conflict
Cold War Era
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
U.S. Air Force
Unit of Service
MATS Unit (Military Air Transport)
Location of Service
Travis (Tex.); Biloxi (Miss.); Valeho (Calif.); Hawaii
Airman First Class; A1C
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
Was a Weather Specialist, Air Operations Specialist.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Edwards, Virginia; Cold War -- Personal Narratives; Women and the military -- United States; United States. Air Force
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES, "Edwards, Virginia interview" (2017). Veterans Oral Histories. 550.