CONGRADULATION ON YOUR DESIRE AND ENDEAVOR TO PARTICIPATE IN SUCH A HONORABLE EVENT. I WISH YOU BOTH SUCCESS IN YOUR ATTEMPT TO WIN SUCH A PRESTIGIOUS CONTEST.ESPECIALLY BEING TWO AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN TRYING TO WIN A COMPETITION THAT I HAVEN'T SEEN TO MANY EVEN ENTER. I HOPE THIS WILL ENCOURAGE NOT ONLY AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUNG WOMEN, BUT ALL WOMEN, BECAUSE "I BELIEVE THAT THEY ALL CAN FLY" HAVE FUN ENJOY YOURSELVES MAKE US PROUD SIS AND BE A WINNER. MOST OF ALL BE SAFE LOVE YOU BOTH. GOD BLESS. YOU HAVE MY PRAY Php 4:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. JOICE'S BROTHER DANIEL
I'd like to take this opportunity to express my adoration and blessings on these two beautiful,intelligent and blessed women of God and pray that God grants them traveling mercies.It is an honor to witness history in the making.
Way to Go, Joyce! We wish the two of you a great and enjoyable experience. You are (and always have been) such an inspiration to me, and this makes me soooo proud of you! We shall be praying for you!
Lots of love,
Rob and Bessie Grayson
Oustanding!!! Keep'em Flying!
Hello! Joyce and Athina,
I very greatful and blessed to have the oppertunity to talk with you via phone and I will most certainly be meeting you along the route of ARC this coming June.I will be your biggest cheerleader.
Hey Tina and Yoyce
Congratulation in your prestigous attempt. many good wishes and success for both of you. I am proud of you as African American women, go for it, I believe in both of you. Most of all, keep safe and may God bless you.
This is sooo exciting I love the website! I'm soo happy you're dedicating this years race to Irene and I wish I could be at one of the stops especially because the start is relatively close to home! But I just found out another opportunity I have this summer so I won't make it. I'll tell you about it in an email. But I'm soo excited your racing again! It'll be amazing!
I am about to start trainiing for my pilots license.
Congratulations, Michelle, for taking these first steps to become a pilot!!! Athina and I are excited for you. Enjoy the experience -- it's going to be life-changing :-). Much success in working towards this goal and definitely keep us posted regarding your progress!
Blue Skies and Tailwinds,
WE BROUGHT OUR TICKET TODAY TO MEET UP WITH YOU ALL IN MOBILE ALABAMA WHERE I EXPECT TO HELP CELEBRATE WITH YOU ALL AT THE WINNERS(JOICE AND ATHINA) AWARD EVENT. WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS CONTEST AND WILL DEFINITELY BE PRAYING THAT ALL GOES WELL BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. MAY GOD BLESS. I DON'T HAVE MUCH BUT I'M GOING TO DONATE A LITTLE SOM-UM SOM-UM(LOL) CHAT WITH YOU LATER
JUST DONATED A LITTLE SOM-UM FOR FOOD. I KNOW YOU WILL BE WORKING UP SOME TYPE OF APPETITE WITH ALL THAT FLYING. WE LOVE YALL BOTH. PEACE
Congratulations......Athina and Joyce
I hope all of your endeavors are a success. May God bless and keep you both is my prayer.
Athina.....I'm so proud of you....
Love ya "girl"
Athena - Was excited to hear that you are racing again. Good luck and God bless to both of you and we look forward to following the race.
Hi Grandpa (Roy and Jan),
Thank you so very much for the Blessing. I'm so excited to be back in the air and racing! I look forward to blogging with you following the route. Thanks for your support. Luv guys!
I like your website, wish Team Bessie the 1st place.
Thanks so much Josefina you sexy stew!!!!!
I hope you got my other message.
Great to see you back, in the air, and especially the race.
I pray the Lord Jesus guide, and protect, you and Joyce, before, during and after the race.
Joyce and Athina,
I am so very excited for both of you! You will have an entire prayer force behind you and we will be praying that the Wind of the Spirit will be at the tail of your plane. This is the season that God it showing off His Glory on His people that will give Him praise. Because you have undertaken this endeavor to draw others to His light, take those wings and fly ~ as the head and not the tail. Congratulations in advance!
Hi Joyce and Athina!
So proud of the two of you! May God's Grace be your strength and His wisdom be your guide as you compete. Praying for you now and will be praying for you throughout the competition.
Love and Prayers,
Thanks so much, Helen and Bessie! Athina and I had a great trip to AL and we are ready for this race. We definitely covet your prayers and support now and throughout the competition!!!
Congratulations on this special commitment to the field of Aviation especially African American Women Aviators as I have been since 1985. This is sincerely defining and historical. From Bessie to Marie Dickerson, Willa Brown, Janet Bragg, Marie St. Clair and all of us who continue to keep these doors open, God Speed to both of you! Stay Grounded and know you have my utmost respect and support! See you in Mobile!
Sincerely, Dr. Sheila L. Chamberlain, US Army,s First African American Women Combat Intellingence Aviator.
I love the website! Good luck on your race!
Thanks, Vicki! We're getting excited!!! :-)
Go Team Bessie! What fun to have the opportunity to watch this race from my laptop! Joyce, your excitement today was visible and contagious. :) Are you taking your piano along, so you can practice? ;)
Have a wonderful trip. You're in my prayers.
Thank you for your words of reflection and encouragement. Looking forward to meeting you in Mobile!!!
Joyce Parker & "Team Bessie"
I am very excited for you and Athina. I know you will do well because you're flying the best airplane as we know! :-) Have a safe and blessed trip!
The girls (Anna & Ashley) just stopped by to said Hi and to wish You luck!!
Lt,& the anna,ashley
Ladies I know you will do great with your adventure. Athina, you have one great partner and pilot that will be sitting beside you. In just the short time I have known Joyce, she has shown me she takes pride in whatever she does.
May God be watching be over you and keep you safe in his hands while you are traveling. You both are truely blessed to be taking on such a great adventure.
This is great! Im so glad a former student of mine has so much passion for flying still!! I would be delighted to support you in any way that I can! This is such a great accomplishment for you!
Atlantic Southeast Airlines (who I work for)a couple of years ago had the first all female, african-american crew! Good luck....have fun...and remember....you are livin' the dream!
Wishing you nothing but the best on your historical endeavor.
David & Juanyta Johansen
Thank you, Cousin Juanyta!!!:-) Let's connect after the race is over!!!
Grace & peace,
Thanks for all the great flight instructing and going with me to bring home "The Joybird!" She is still an awesome airplane and we both are going to make you proud!!! :-). Looking forward to flying with you again one day!!!
HEY SIS TOMORROW IS D-DAY. YOU AND ARTHINA GO GET THEM BUT MOST OF ALL BE SAFE. IT BEEN A LONG TIME COMING,BUT A CHANGE IS ABOUT TO COME. WE WANT WINNER,WE WILL SEE WINNERS, YOU ARE WINNER, MAKE IT HAPPEN. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH U ALL . I WILL BE KEEPING TRACKING OF OF FLIGHTS AND STAYING IN CONTACT WITH U ALL. AND THE LORD'S WILLING ME AND FELICIA HAVE FIRST-CLASS TICKETS TO MOBILE, ALA. TO MEET THE NEW 2011 ARC WINNERS JOICE AND ATHINA FIRST AFRICIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN TEAM TO BE REWARD CHAMPIONS. LOT FORWARD TO THIS MEMORIAL OCCASION. LOVE YOU LADIES. TALK WITH U SOON GETTING READY TO PUT UP THE REMINDER ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER. GOD'S BLESSING BE WITH U
"God has blessed men and women with the gift of flight and it is this unique perspective from the air that brings to mind the many glories of His creation and our obligation to seek His face and will through prayer"
"Keep her flying!"
Hey girl, I want to wish you a Great flight, we Love you here!! Please show them what you got!! I am your #1 Fan!! you are such a sweet young lady, if by chance you fly over my house, i will be there to cheer you on...
Much Love. and be safe!
Danny Ross (Church of Christ )
Hi Athina and Joyce,
I am so excited for you both. Joyce, I hope to have the opportunity to meet you. Be safe and enjoy this awesome adventure. I'll be thinking of you.
Best of luck to you and your co-pilot! I received the beautiful patch and I'm very excited about the race. God Bless and enjoy the flight; you're already a winner in my book.
THIS IS IT GO FOR IT LOVE YALL
I WILL BE WEARING THE PATCH ON SATURDAY
Although the course has changed the team spirit and wonderful mission remains the same. We are all excited and proud of you.
Keep it up!
Team Bessie :-)
At the time of this posting you have begun this historic venture into U.S. history!! Your family and friends are so proud of you both - and you are in the prayers of many!!
Safety is our number 1 prayer request and coming in 1st place would be an additive (smile).
May the Spirit of God be with you AND all the pariticipants in the 2011 ARC race - and ultimately we know that God will be given the glory!! Enjoy history making...love you much!!
Amazing Good luck to both of you
SMSgt. Parker! I am going to try to make it to Alabama when you arrive down here! I hope your doing great in your race!
Hello Joyce. I am wishing you all the best and I hope you come in 1st place. You probably remember me as a little boy. I haven't seen you in years. I am so impressed with all you have accomplished. Be safe. Best of luck to you and your co-pilot Athina.
Great Job Sis, You inspire so many people. Many blessing to you and Joyce.
Thank you Kadie, see you soon as we celebrate Mom's 70th birthday and us winning the race!!!
It was great to meet you on Thursday during your visit/stop thru Norman. I wish you both much success, beautiful blue skies and continued smooth winds. I am looking forward to hearing how everyone finished. Thanks for your warmth and kindness. Blessing to you both!
Hi Joyce praying that everything is going well. Missing you at church, can't wait to hear all about the flying.
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Hello, a fellow Facebook friend mentioned you both in a post and I was so excited to hear of your story as well as the 2014 Flight.
You both are an inspiration to all women whether young, old, Black, Asian, White, etc.
God Bless you both and safe travels.
Way to go Teambessie!!
We're hoping to make some sort of history again!!! :)
Blessings to you!
Joyce parker is beyond an amazing woman. Full of knowledge, wisdom, love, and faith. She is a great friend and a huge inspiration. She is a very Godly woman and a great influence. I hope this team is the winning team. In my book they already are. Best of luck to yall and keep up the good work.
Go ladies, proud & cheering 4 you!!
Joyce and Athena,
Praying for you both on this wonderful adventure
Praying for you !
Hi Joyce and Athina!!! I was on team 50 with Barbara Bowman in 2011. That was the year I got back into aviation. Athina, you told me then I had better start looking for pilot jobs again and I did, it was still so slow finding work but finally two years ago I became a flight instructor for University of Nebraska in Kearney. I am so happy to see you two flying the race again!! I wish I was there too. Good luck, be fast and safe.
Joyce and Athina,
Fellow pilots. I'm so glad you are safe. I landed at Prescott today just ahead of you. All airport operations came to a halt for a complete engine out emergency landing. I looked to the north after exiting runway 21L and saw your plane very low and then disappear into a cloud of dust. I just found out that you both walked away from the off airport landing. Excellent piloting of the Musketeer. Keep Flying!