Marguerite H. Gambo

Marguerite Gambo (later Wood) began to fly occasionally in 1932 with Edward Peacock, and then under the instruction of Bob Tyce, first soloed in 1937. It wasn’t long before she became rated as a commercial pilot. In 1939 she founded Gambo Flying Service, and built the first private hangar in Hawaii. Her business helped meet the demand for flight training by young men looking for interisland flying jobs, as well as preparing for the war. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Gambo was flying with a student on a cross-country trip. She dodged the attack by going through a seldom-used pass and landed safely. Of the four Gambo Flying Service places in the air, only two returned safely.