Winnie Wackwitz was born June 16, 1925 in Grosse Tete, Louisiana. With a strong interest in mechanical engineering, Wackwitz put her talents to work building bombers at Boeing in Seattle, Washington during World War II. She received her pilot’s license and joined the Women Air Force Service Pilot Program but did not engage in active duty due to the end of the war. She earned a bachelor's degree in design at LSU in 1952, after which she went to Brazil and worked for the Brazilian Air Force as a drafter. She built her own airplane and flew it to the Arctic circle in Alaska. She passed away in June 2014.