After soloing, Josephine purchased a Lincoln Page and accumulated 200 hours of flight time primarily flying to horse events. Her plane was equipped with a stick which extended to her shoulder. A padded, forked rod was at the top of the stick in which she was able to insert her six inch ‘stub’. Switches and throttle control also were placed so she could work them.
Flying from her home in Encino, California to Washington D. C., Josephine was killed when her plane crashed in Texas. She was on her way to the nation’s capital to protest the denial of her pilot’s license. Assistant Secretary of Commerce W. P. MacCracken stated in a letter that the department could not grant her a license not only because of her lack of forearms but also because her vision was defective. Josephine set out on the long flight to prove she should be granted a license. Dycer thought that she must have become incapacitated in some manner.
What did Josephine think about her abilities? “Why I can pilot that plane easier than I can drive an automobile and look at the time I save. Also, it’s the greatest thrill in the world and I ought to know because I’ve been riding my jumpers in horse shows for several years and driven all makes of automobiles.”