Born a Texan to a career Air Force officer and very Southern mother, Michelee spent her impressionable early years all around the world, on a path that brought her to a first marriage at twenty-one. Two children later, with useful time served volunteering at hospitals and museums, she found her way to her first flight lesson. Flying can be liberating… In the ensuing nearly fifty years, besides becoming a C.A.S.A. volunteer, she found her excellent new husband Hal, became a restaurant reviewer, managed a flight school office and logged more than 5,000 hours of flight time, including these in Australia. She holds a commercial license (both single engine land and glider) with instrument rating, and a tow pilot endorsement, and has been active in several aviation organizations, including the volunteer Airlifeline (now Angel Flight).
Michelee has been married to her second husband, Harold Cabot, for more than 45 years, and is the mother of two super children and three charming step-children. Her extended modern family includes a delightful array of daughters- and sons-in-law and clever, beautiful “grands'”and “great-grands” that give her much pleasure. She has lived in Alamos, Mexico, with her husband Hal and their Cessna P210 for twelve years. When recently sitting on an aviation conference panel in Mumbai – a celebration of 100 years of India’s Civil Aviation – someone asked “After all these years, why do you still fly?” The audience of pilots and controllers became a moving sea of nodding heads at her smiling answer – “Because I still need the overview.” And she still flies today – she and her husband through the years have become a smoothly-tooled combo in the cockpit, and as in this Australian adventure, they are still swapping legs – and still loving the overview.