At the time, flight records were being set and broken. Mary would soon represent the state by setting one of her own. At the age of 19 with a meager 44 hours of flying time, she established the light airplane endurance record of 12 hours and 27 minutes.
Taking her 500 pound Taylor Club Plane, she was able to beat the previous record by one hour and ten minutes before poor weather conditions forced her to land. She would go on to become a successful businesswoman after her flying achievements.