Mrs Lofthouse joined the ATA in 1943 after spotting a notice in a magazine calling for women to learn to fly. She was one of only 164 female pilots, known as the Attagirls, who flew aircraft from factory to airfield. The Royal International Air Tattoo said she was an "amazing character with even more amazing stories".
But the existence of the Kalamazoo Gals stayed a secret long after the war ended, only coming to light in recent years through a little deep digging from writer John Thomas who discovered “almost 25,000 instruments shipped during the war.” When the men returned from the war, everything at the Gibson factory went back to business as usual, leaving the women of Gibson an (almost) forgotten piece of music history.