Women of Tubac
Joan Shankle was among the first women pilots in Arizona. She earned her pilot’s license in Massachusetts, where she was the first woman to do so. She became the first woman to fly solo coast-to-coast. She and her husband bought a 400-acre ranch 5 miles north of Tubac in 1931. They named it Pajaritos Migradores, ‘Migratory Birds,’ and immediately added a hanger and a runway. The Tubac “air ranch” was a stopover for many aviation personalities.
As a Tubac resident Ms. Shankle flew a Stearman J-5 and a Lockheed Sirius aircraft. She was one of the few women to hold a transport pilot’s license and the only woman to compete in the National Air Race.