365 Amazing Aviation Achievements!

Last year when I said I’d post a new women’s aviation accomplishment every day they said it couldn’t be done. They said there aren’t enough achievements! Amelia Earhart was the only woman who flew in those days!
WRONG

We reach achievement 365… a full year of amazing anniversaries from women’s aviation.
HOORAY! KEEP SOARING!!

WE DID IT! 365 Amazing Aviation Achievements!

Last year when I said I’d post a new women’s aviation accomplishment every day they said it couldn’t be done….

Florence Klingensmith Is A Winner

September 7, 1931 Florence “Tree Tops” Klingensmith won four events in the National Air Races. The next year she would…

Jet Powered Blanche Stuart Scott

September 6, 1948 Blanche Stuart Scott, the first woman to fly a plane solo, became the undisputed first woman to…

East To West With Beryl Markham

September 5, 1936 Although her fuel line had frozen Beryl Markham brought her Vega down in a Nova Scotia peet…

Louise Thaden and Blanche Noyes Take The Prize

September 4, 1936 Louise Thaden and Blanche Noyes became the first women to win the Bendix Trophy, flying from New York…

Blanche Stuart Scott First In Flight

September 2, 1910 Blanche Stuart Scott became the first American woman to fly solo–sort of. Scott was renowned as the…

Marion Babe Weyant Worked Hard To Fly High

September 1, 1933 Sixteen-year old Marion “Babe” Weyant wrote to Amelia Earhart asking how she could become a pilot. Earhart…

Up Up And Away in Carol Rymer-Davis’ Beautiful Balloon

August 31, 2004 Dr. Carol Rymer-Davis and Richard Abruzzo won the 48th Coupe Gordon Bennett. Taking off from Thionville, France, and landing in…

Gladys O’Donnell Is FAST

August 30, 1932 Female pilots competing for the Cleveland Air Races’ Aerol Trophy took off into a thunderstorm. Gladys O’Donnell…

Hooray for Hilda Hewlett

August 29, 1911 Hilda Hewlett became the first British woman to earn a pilot’s license. By September she was flying…

Jessie Woods, Love Is In The Air

August 28, 1928 Daredevil Jessie Woods eloped with her boyfriend Jimmie. The pair founded the Flying Aces Air Circus, performing until…

Captain Lennie Sorenson Takes It Up

August 27, 1987 Continental Airlines Captain Lennie Sorenson led the first all female wide-body flight crew in a DC-10. Also…

Triple Amazing Sarah Lochner!

August 26, 2008 17-year-old Sarah Lochner accomplished an amazing aviation triple play. After passing her check-ride and earning her license…

Amelia Earhart Coast To Coast

August 25, 1932 Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the U.S. when she traveled from Los…

Go Jackie Cochran Go!

August 24, 1961 Jacqueline Cochran set a speed record in a Northrop T-38A Talon, and began a record breaking flurry. By…

Intrepid Dorothy Rice Peirce

August 23, 1916 Sculptor, writer and championship bridge player Dorothy Rice Peirce became an aviator when she earned her pilot’s…

Around The World With Nikki Mitchell and Rhonda Miles

August 22, 1998 Nikki Mitchell and Rhonda Miles landed in Lebanon, Tennessee completing a 49 day round the world flight….

Hooray For Helen Hape

August 21, 2009 Helen Hape, age 102, took her first airplane ride. She said “It was fine!” and she’d definitely…

All Around With Laura Bromwell

August 20, 1920 Celebrating the dedication of Curtiss Field, Laura Bromwell broke the world record, looping the loop 87 times….

Zut Alors, Catherine Maunoury!

August 19, 2000 For the second time French pilot Catherine Maunoury was named women’s champion at the FAI World Aerobatics…

Louise Thaden Cheered By Thousands

August 18, 1929 With a shot from a firing pistol the Women’s Air Derby, dubbed the Powerpuff Derby by Will…

Kelly And Kimberly Anyadike Are Sister-Powered

August 17, 2009 Record smashing sisters Kelly and Kimberly Anyadike were honored for their aviation achievements. On her sixteenth birthday,…

Princess Eugenija Shahovskaja Aloft

August 16, 1912 Princess Eugenija Shahovskaja earned her pilot’s license. She became the world’s first female military pilot when she flew…

Last Dance For Gladys Roy

August 15, 1927 Daring wing walker Gladys Roy was killed in a hanger accident. Roy was famed for dancing the…

Lela Cody Goes UP

August 14, 1909 Lela Cody became the first woman in the world to ride in an airplane. In 1902 she…

Rock And Roll It, Laura Ingalls

August 13, 1930 Laura Ingalls performed 714 barrel rolls, breaking both the women’s and men’s record. A barrel roll is…

Marjorie Stinson Takes Off

August 12, 1914 Marjorie Stinson became the ninth American woman licensed to fly, following her sister Katherine, the fourth to…

Happy 100 For Harriet Quimby

August 11, 1911 Photojournalist Harriet Quimby became the first American woman to earn a pilot’s license. As soon as the…

Hooray For Ann Wood-Kelly

August 10, 1945 American Ann Wood-Kelly received the Kings Medal for contributions to the British during WWII. She ferried more…

Farewell Jackie Cochran

August 9, 1980 Glamorous aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran passed away. Notoriously evasive about her age, Cochran was about 75 years old…

Honoring Michelle Jayne Goodman

August 8, 2000 Michelle Jayne Goodman was appointed British RAF pilot officer. She went on to fly helicopters and became…

Sharp-Chutin’ Lovelies? These Ladies Were Heros!

August 7,1942 The movie Parachute Nurse was released, starring Marguerite Chapman. The film was modeled on the USAF’s distinguished Flight…

Rock and Roll Joanne Mein

August 6, 1999 Joanne Mein became the first woman to fly in a military precision flying team when she flew…

Up Up Up Kate Paulus

August 5, 1931 After many years in the air, parachutist and balloonist Kate Paulus made her last balloon flight at…

Go Go Pancho!

August 4, 1930 Pancho Barnes beat Amelia Earhart’s speed record becoming the “fastest woman in the world.”

Into The Night, Beryl Markham

August 3, 1986 Pioneer pilot and horse trainer Beryl Markham died at the age of 84. Markham’s aviation memoir West…

Jeanne Pallier Passes!

August 2, 1912 Jeanne Pallier passed her pilot’s license test and shocked Parisians by flying 2300 feet above the city…

Chilly Winds For Ingrid Pederson

August 1, 1960 Ingrid Pederson, a “blond Norwegian housewife” became the first woman to complete a flight over the North…

Royal Flourish For Alys McKey Bryant

July 31, 1913 Alys McKey Bryant became the first woman to fly in Canada when she performed for the Prince…

Rose Cousins rolls ahead

June 26, 2006 Rose Rolls Cousins passed away at age 86. Cousins was West Virginia’s first African American woman licensed…

You Go, Girls!

July 29, 1936 An all female aerobatic contest was held in Berlin, Germany. Liesel Bach won the Coupe Feminin.

A Salute To Yue Xicui

July 28, 2003 Yue Xicui was promoted to the rank of major general in the Chinese Army. She was the…

Go For It, Melli Beese

July 27, 1911 Aviatrix Melli Beese soloed. Even though saboteurs drained fuel from her gas tanks, clipped her plane’s wires,…

Fly On Teresa James

July 26, 2008 Aviation pioneer Teresa James passed away at age 94. James took flying lessons to surprise her brother…

Leaping Dolly Shepard

July 25, 1908 Dolly Shepard performed the first mid-air rescue, leaping from a hot air balloon to save a novice…

Katherine Stinson, “The Flying Schoolgirl”

July 24, 1912 Katherine Stinson “The Flying Schoolgirl” earned her pilot’s license. She flew in airshows around the world and…

Fly Girls!

July 23, 1999 The Museum of Women Pilots opened in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Operated by the 99s, the museum has…

Go West, Amy Johnson

July 22, 1933 Amy Johnson and her husband, Jim Mollison left England in an attempt to cross the Atlantic east…

Snookie Snook, Ready For Take Off

July 21, 1917 Neta “Snookie” Snook took her first flight. She would go on to open her own flight school…

Women Of The Royal Air Force Soar!

July 20, 1989 Britain announced female aircrew would be assigned to all Royal Air Force non-combat roles. In 1991 permission…

Remembering First Teacher Christa McAuliffe

July 19, 1985 NASA selected Christa McAuliffe for its Teacher In Space program. Tragically, McAuliffe would be on board the…

Hooray For Eileen Collins

July 18, 2009 The first woman to pilot a space shuttle, and first woman shuttle commander, Eileen Collins was inducted…

Willa Brown On A Wing And A Prayer

July 17, 1992 Aviatrix Willa Brown passed away at age 86. Brown and her husband Cornelius R. Coffey trained over…

Black Hawks Go Pink With Major Jennifer Grieves

July 16, 2009 Major Jennifer Grieves, Marine One’s first female pilot, finished her tour with an all female flight crew…

No Jet Lag For Clara Adams

July 15, 1939 Clara Adams set a round-the-world passenger record. Over the course of sixteen days, nineteen hours and four…

Fairwell, Edith Maud Cook

July 14, 1910 Edith Maud Cook perished when her parachute failed to open in a jump from a balloon over…

Around and Around Joann Osterud Goes

July 13, 1989 United Airlines pilot and stunt flyer Joann Osterud flew 208 outside loops in her high-performance biplane Supernova,…

Orange Blossoms and Engine Exhaust for Elly Beinhorn

July 12, 1959 German aviatrix Elly Beinhorn, known for her solo transcontinental flights, married racecar driver Bernd Rosemeyer. Bleinhorn went…

Chantell Rose, Super Teacher

July 11, 2008 The National Aviation Hall of Fame honored Chantelle Rose as the A. Scott Crossfield Aerospace Education Teacher…

Godspeed and thanks, Annie Glenn

July 10, 2006 Annie Glenn, wife of astronaut John Glenn, was presented with the Katharine Wright Award, in honor of…

Twin Records For Beverly Burns and Lynn Rippelmeyer

July 9, 1984 People Express pilots Beverly Burns and Lynn Ripplemeyer scored a double record as the first women to…

Oh la la Citoyenne Henri!

July 8, 1789 Despite public concern for women’s “delicate organs” Citoyenne Henri (called “Citizen Henry” by British newspapers) ascended over…

Up and away, Helene Dorigny

July 7, 1984 Helene Dorigny and co-pilot Michel Arnould set a balloon endurance record of 40 hours, 12 minutes, flying…

Olga Klepikova Soars

July 6, 1939 Olga Klepikova flew a glider 466 miles from Moscow to Otradnoje, Russia, setting a world soaring record.

Line Bonde Flies the F-16

July 5, 2006 Line Bonde became Denmark’s first ever female F-16 pilot.

Jumpin’ Tiny Broadwick

Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick made the first ever parachute jump with a manually operated rip-cord.  

Svetlana Kapanina Defies Gravity

July 3, 2005 The World Aerobatic Championships were held in Burgos, Spain Russian Svetlana Kapanina was declared the Women’s World…

Serving Canada In The Air

July 2, 1941 The Canadian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force was formed. Their motto was “They Serve That Men Can Fly.”

Fly Mathilde Moisant, Fly!

July 1, 1911 Mathilde Moisant began flying lessons in Long Island, New York, following in the footsteps of her friend…

Angela Masson Takes On The Big Bird

June 30, 1984 American Airlines pilot Angela Masson became the first woman licensed (“type rated”) to fly a Boeing 747….

Letitia Sage Is Lighter Than Air

June 29, 1785 Letitia Sage became the first English woman to ascend in a balloon when she flew from London…

Irene McFarland Floats

June 28, 1925 Irene McFarland became the first female member of the “Caterpillar Club” an informal group founded by the…

Three Cheers For Rachelle Jones

June 27, 2008 Rachelle Jones, Atlantic Southeast Airlines first African-American female captain, received the Ordinary Women With Extraordinary Talents Award.

Teddy Kenyon, Barbara Jayne, and Elizabeth Hooker Tame Hellcats!

June 26, 1942 The Grumman F6F Hellcat debuted. It had been flight tested by WASP pilots “Teddy” Kenyon, Barbara Kibbee…

Fast! There’s Amelia Earhart

June 25, 1930 Amelia Earhart set a women’s speed record. She had been hired by Transcontinental Air Transport (TWA) to…

Margaret Ringenberg, Never Too Old Or Too Young

June 24, 2005 Former WASP Margaret Ringenberg finished in the top ten at the Women’s Air Race Classic. She was…

Up Up And Away With Maryse Hilsz

June 23, 1936 Maryse Hilsz set an altitude record, climbing 14,310 meters (almost 47,000 ft) in 36 minutes.  Hilsz worked…

Helen Huntley Flits Above The Cornfields

June 22, 1929 Seventeen year old Helen Huntley soloed for the first time. By the next year she was the…

Across The Seas With Lores Bonny

June 21, 1933 Maude “Lores” Bonny landed in Croyden, England, becoming the first woman to fly solo from Australia to…

Florence Seidell Is The Mistress Of The Air

June 20, 1913 Hollywood actress Florence Seidell earned her pilot’s license. While filming “Mistress Of The Air” Seidell accidentally crashed…

Incredible Bessie Coleman

June 19, 1925 Bessie Coleman dazzled thousands with barrel rolls, loops, and spins as she flew over Houston Aerial Transport…

Hello again- from Harriet Quimby to Dorothy Ebersbach

First a confession- between all my spring travel for SOAR, ELINOR! and preparations for the August release of THE MAP…

Ruth Elder The Winged Horse Woman

May 24, 1929 Silent film THE WINGED HORSEMAN flew into theaters, starring movie cowboy Hoot Gibson and actress/aviatrix Ruth Elder….

Quick, Quicker, Quickest Helene Boucher

May 23, 1908 Helene Boucher was born in Paris. She became known as “the quickest woman in the world” when…

Buon Compleanno (Happy Birthday) To Fiorenza de Bernardi

May 22, 1928 Record setting pilot Fiorenza de Bernardi was born in Florence, Italy, the daughter of  famed seaplane pilot…

Amelia Earhart Flies Far

April 21, 1932 When Amelia Earhart landed in a pasture in Culmore, Northern Ireland, a farm hand asked “Have you…

Amelia Earhart Skips Across The Pond

May 20, 1932 On the fifth anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight, Amelia Earhart set out from Newfoundland in a…

Smaranda Braescu Jumps

May 19, 1932 Smaranda Braescu, the first female pilot in Romania, parachuted from 24,000 feet, setting a record that would…

Accomplished Pilots! Kathy Thornton, Beryl Markham, Daphne Kearley, Dorothy Stenzel, Katherine Rawls

May 14, 1992 Astronaut Kathy Thornton set a women’s spacewalking record of 7 hours 45 minutes, twice as long as…

Levitate Your Fiction Hand Out!

  EVERY NOVEL HAS “UNBELIEVABLE“ ELEMENTS.  YOUR JOB AS A WRITER IS TO “MAKE BELIEVE”—THAT IS MAKE YOUR READER BELIEVE…

Grace Hall Pugh Skims The Green Mountains

May 13, 1938 Grace Hall Pugh, manager of the Burlington Airport, earned her pilot’s license, becoming the first female licensed…

Betty Miller Number One

May 12, 1963 American Betty Miller landed in Brisbane, Australia and became the first woman to fly across the Pacific…

Playing Catch Up with Bobbi Trout and the gang

I’ve had a crazy busy month of May and for the first time since last August got off track on…

Clema Baxter Becomes A Flying Granger

April 29, 1911 Pilot Clema Baxter married air racer Jim Granger.  By 1933, they had three sons, all pilots. Known…

Amy Johnson Takes Wing

April 28, 1927 Legal secretary Amy Johnson took a bus to Stags Leap Aerodrome and begged to be allowed to…

Marvel Crosson Puts It Together

April 27, 1904 Marvel Crosson was born in Warsaw, Indiana. Eighteen year old Crosson and her brother bought a wrecked…

Sophie Blanchard Drifts Above The Clouds

April 26, 1812 Sophie Blanchard piloted a hydrogen balloon from Turin, Italy to France. During the flight icicles formed on…

Iris Peterson Flies On

April 23, 2007 Iris Peterson, age 85, retired as United Airlines most senior flight attendant. She started her career in…

Colleen Burgess Takes Off

April 22, 1987 Colleen Burgess was hired by Pan Am Airlines to fly the 727.

Semper Fi Sarah Deal

April 21, 1995 Sarah M. Deal became the first female pilot in the United States Marine Corps when she earned…

Anne Morrow Lindbergh From Sea to Shining Sea

April 20, 1930 Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her husband Charles set a transcontinental speed record, flying from Los Angeles to…

Florence Klingensmith Flies Rings Around The Rest

April 19, 1930 Trained electrician and motorcycle delivery girl Florence “Tree Tops” Klingensmith set off an aerobatic duel, flying 143…

Three Cheers For Jerrie Mock

April 18, 1964 The governor of Ohio proclaimed “Jerrie Mock Day” in honor of the first woman to fly around…

Phoebe Omlie Takes A Leap

April 17, 1921 Pilot and wingwalker Phoebe Omlie made her first parachute jump but landed in a clump of trees….

Harriet Quimby Crosses The Channel

April 16, 1912 Harriet Quimby became the first woman to fly across the English Channel when she took off from…

Louise Sacchi Over Land And Sea

April 15, 1913 Ferry pilot Louise Sacchi was born. Sacchi flew planes across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans over 340…

Matilde Moisant Was Grounded

April 14, 1912 Exhibition pilot Matilde Moisant’s plane crashed when a leaky fuel tank set fire to the wings. Her…

Ruth Nichols Speeds Ahead

April 13, 1931 Ruth Nichols set a women’s speed record of 610.69 miles per hour in her Lockheed Vega. She…

Evelyn “Pinky” Pinkert- This Bird Soars!

April 12, 1909 Evelyn “Pinky” Pinkert was born, the eighth of ten children. In 1938 she became the first female…

Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya Makes A Vow

April 11, 1913 Russian Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya crashed a Wright biplane and vowed never to fly again. She broke her…

The Duchess Of Bedford Takes Off

April 10, 1930 Mary Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, set off on a record breaking flight from London to Cape…

Helene Detrieu Flies Rings Around The Tower

April 9, 1909 Helene Detrieu circled the Belfield Tower in Annecy, France on her way to Bruges, Belgium. She created…

Hooray For Blanche “Betty” Scott

April 8, 1889 The first woman to fly solo, Blanche “Betty” Stuart Scott, was born. In 1910, Scott had been…

Amelia Earhart Scholarships Send Girls To College

April 7, 1940 The 99s, the international organization of women pilots, founded the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship for girls and…

Peggy Kelman Flies

April 6, 1909 Aviation pioneer Peggy Kelman was born in Glasgow, Scotland. Kelman fell in love with flying as a…

Elinor Smith Soars In A Waco

April 5, 2008 The Waco Air Museum in Dayton, Ohio opened a “Women of Waco” exhibit, honoring women who flew…

Ruth Law Delivers The Goods

April 4, 1919 Ruth Law flew the first airmail to the Philippines. Law had purchased her first plane from Orville…

Adrienne Bollard Was No April Fool!

April 1, 1921 Adrienne Bollard, test pilot for the French airplane manufacturer Caudron, flew over the Andes Mountains in an…

Wendy Lawrence Swings From A Star

March 31, 1992 NASA selected Wendy Lawrence as an astronaut. Like her father and grandfather, Lawrence served as a naval…

Bonnie Tiburzi In The Cockpit

March 30, 1973 Bonnie Tiburzi became the first female pilot for a major U.S. airline when she was hired by…

Patty Wagstaff Flies Upside Down

March 29, 1994 Patty Wagstaff’s death defying aerobatics plane the Goodrich Extra 260 went on permanent display at the Smithsonian…

Happy Birthday Marina Mikhailovna Raskova

March 28, 1912 Marina Mikhailovna Raskova, the “Russian Amelia Earhart” was born.She joined one of the all female Soviet air…

Elsie MacGill Stirs Up A Hurricane

March 27, 1905 Elsie MacGill was born. Known as the “Queen of the Hurricanes” MacGill was the first female aircraft…

Around The World With CarolAnn Garrett and Carol Foy

March 26, 2009 The National Aeronautical Association honored CarolAnn Garrett and Carol Foy for accomplishing “one of the most memorable…

Barbara Harmer Goes Supersonic

March 25, 1993 Former beautician Barbara Harmer qualified to fly the Concorde and became the first female supersonic commercial pilot….

Honoring Elinor Smith

March 24, 2001 Elinor Smith was inducted into the International Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame. Her salute begins…

Shannon Lucid Takes Off

March 22, 1996 Astronaut Shannon Lucid launched into space aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. She would remain in space for…

Fly Lorna DeBlicquy

March 21, 2009 Canadian aviation pioneer Lorna DeBlicquy passed away. At age 14 Lorna fell in love with the sky…

Amelia Earhart Loops It

March 20, 1937 While attempting to circle the globe, Amelia Earhart ground looped her Lockhead Electra. The flight had to…

Jerrie Mock Circles The Globe

March 19, 1964 Jerrie Mock left Columbus, Ohio. Twenty nine days, eleven hours and fifty nine minutes later she returned…

Wally Funk Shoots For The Stars

March 18, 1995 Aviator Wally Funk was inducted into the Aviation Women’s Hall of Fame. In 1961, Funk entered the…

The King And Katharine Wright

March 17, 1909 Aviation pioneer Katharine Wright, along with brothers Orville and Wilbur, met England’s King Edward VII. Wilbur demonstrated…

Louise Thaden Clocks A Win

March 16, 1928 Louise Thaden lifted off in Oakland, California, flying 22 hours, 3 minutes, 28 seconds, setting a new…

Marie Marvingt Is A Winner

March 15, 1910 The French Academy of Sports awarded pilot and athlete Marie Marvingt a gold medal for “All Sports”….

Osa Leighty Johnson Flies Into Adventure

March 14, 1894 Osa Leighty Johnson was born in Chanute, Kansas. Osa married fellow Kansan Martin Johnson and they both…

Eileen Vollick Flies In First

March 13, 1928 Nineteen-year-old Eileen Vollick passed the test to become Canada’s first licensed female pilot. She flew figure 8′s…

Mary Felk Engineers Aviation

March 12, 1994 Mary Felk was inducted into the Women in Aviation Pioneer Hall of Fame at the International Conference…

Love Is In The Air With Maureen O’Hara

March 11, 1968 Actress Maureen O’Hara married Air Force Brigadier General Charles Blair, leaving Hollywood and entering the world of…

Carolyn West Races East

March 10, 1947 The first All-Woman Transcontinental Air Race, nicknamed the Powder Puff Derby, was run from Palm Spring, California…

Raymonde de la Roche, First In Flight

March 8, 1910 Raymonde de la Roche became the first woman in the world to earn a pilot’s license. By…

Janet Guthrie Races Ahead

March 7, 1938 Janet Guthrie was born. In 1964 she was one of the first four women to qualify for…

Mabel Poll Shuffles Off To Havana

March 5, 1928 Mabel Boll, aka “The Queen of Diamonds” road as a passenger from Roosevelt Field in Long Island,…

Janna Lambine Patrols Our Shores

March 4, 1977 The U.S. Coast Guard’s first female pilot, Janna Lambine, earned her wings, graduating from naval aviation training…

Jane Kendeigh Flies In First

March 3, 1945 Flight nurse Ensign Jane “Candy” Kendeigh became the first nurse to fly to and from an active…

Fly On Ellen Evak Paneok

March 2, 2008 Ellen Evak Paneok, the first Native woman bush pilot, passed away. At age 16 Paneok used $1500…

Jackie Cochran Takes The Prize

March 1, 1945 Jackie Cochran was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for her work in World War II. As Director…

Hooray for Maryse Bastie!

February 27, 1898 Maryse Bastie was born. Bastie came from a struggling family but by the 1920′s she had purchased…

Susan Jane Helms Flies High

February 26, 1958 Lt. Gen. Susan Jane Helms was born. Helms became an astronaut in 1991 and logged 5,064 hours…

Molly Reilly The Flying Canadian

February 25, 1922 Molly Reilly, Canada’s first female charter airline captain, was born. When WWII broke out Reilly tried to…

Maude “Lores” Bonney Ascends

February 24, 1994 Record smashing aviatrix Maude “Lores” Bonney passed away at age 96. In 1933 Bonney flew solo from…

Mabel Bell’s Practical Flying Aerodrome Lifts Off

February 23, 1909 Mabel Bell, wife of Alexander Graham Bell, funded the first airplane flight in Canada. On this date…

First Place For Pancho Barnes

February 22, 1929 Californians Florence “Pancho” Barnes, Bobbi Trout, and Margaret Perry competed in the first women’s air race with…

The Great Avenger

February 21, 1943 Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas became the world’s first all female air base. Eighteen classes of WASP-…

Climb Every Mountain Marie Marvingt

February 20, 1875 Aviatrix, mountain climber, and champion bicyclist Marie Marvingt was born. She was the most decorated woman in…

Alice Faye Goes For A Spin

February 19, 1939 The movie TAILSPIN debuted, starring Alice Faye. Faye played a spunky girl forced to leave the air…

Blanche Scott Gets Up And Goes

February 18, 1912 Blanche Scott, the “Tomboy of the Air” flew in an outlaw airshow in Oakland, California. Billed as…

Faye “Rusty” Cox Rogers Takes The Leap

February 17, 1930 With less than one hour’s training, Faye “Rusty” Cox Rogers leapt from an airshow biplane, replacing the…

Valentina Tereshkova Wins The Space Race

February 16, 1962 The Soviet Space Commission selected Valentina Tereshkova and four other women to join their cosmonaut corps. Before…

Ida Van Smith Passes It On

February 15, 2006 The International Women’s Air and Space Museum opened an exhibit honoring African-American pilot and teacher Ida Van…

Katharine Wright Flies Too!

February 14, 1909 Katharine Wright flew with her brother Wilbur in their new Wright flyer. Katherine was a college-educated teacher…

Young Eagle Duana Robinson

February 13, 1978 Texas International Airlines hired twenty-one-year-old Duana Robinson to pilot their DC 9, making her the world’s youngest…

Lady Mary Heath Takes Wing

February 12, 1928 Lady Mary Heath took off from Capetown, South Africa in her quest to become the first person…

A Book Launched Janice Voss Into Space

ebruary 11, 2000 Astronaut Janice Voss lifted off aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavor for her fifth and final space flight….

Bobbi Trout Skips The Dishes And Sets A Record

February 10, 1929 Bobbi Trout dueled with Elinor Smith for the title of longest flight by a woman. Trout took…

Happy Birthday Peggy Whitson!

February 9, 1960 Peggy Whitson was born in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. Whitson, a biochemistry researcher, became the first woman to…

Suni In Space- Sunita Williams

February 8, 2007 Astronaut Sunita Williams performed a spacewalk from the International Space Station. Astronaut Eileen Collins noted “she truly…

Wedding Bells Chime For Amelia Earhart

February 7, 1927 Amelia Earhart married publisher and promoter George Putnam. Having successfully published Charles Lindbergh’s biography, Putnam “discovered” Earhart…

Emily Hanrahan conquers the frontier

February 6, 1958 Emily Hanrahan took her first flying lesson. By August she’d earned her pilot’s license, even though she…

Pauline Glasson and Little Toot

February 5, 1957 Test pilot Pauline Glasson flew the prototype sport biplane Little Toot. She had learned to fly at…

Soar Evelyn Sharp!!!

February 4, 1935 Sixteen-year-old Evelyn Sharp earned her pilot’s license. By age 18 she became the youngest person to hold…

What A Relief- Ruth Nichols To The Rescue

February 2, 1940 Record breaking pilot Ruth Nichols became Executive Director of Relief Wings, a humanitarian air service for disaster…

Don’t Stop Mildred Hemmons Carter!

February 1, 1941 Mildred Hemmons Carter earned her pilot’s license. Carter entered the Tuskegee Institute at age 15, receiving a…

Elinor Smith Soars To Her First Endurance Record

January 30, 1929 In temperatures bitter enough to freeze her hot chocolate, Elinor Smith took off from Mitchel Field. She…

Anne Morrow, the “other”, Lindbergh Soars

January 29, 1930 Memoirist, poet, and pilot Anne Morrow Lindbergh became the first woman to earn a First Class Glider…

Remembering The Crew Of The Space Shuttle Challenger

January 28, 1986 The Space Shuttle Challenger broke up 73 seconds after lift off, killing all seven crew members including…

Jessie Wood Suspends Disbelief Dangling In Midair

January 27, 1909 Pioneer aviatrix Jessie Woods was born. Along with her husband, Woods founded the Flying Aces Air Circus….

From Treaty Of Versailles to Soaring The Friendly Skies- Peaches Wallace

January 26, 1930 Peaches Wallace qualified for her third class glider license. By June she would hold first, second, and…

Controversial Flier Park Kyung-won

January 25, 1927 Park Kyung-won earned her pilot’s license, becoming the first female civilian pilot in Korea. In 2005, Blue…

Where are the pin up boys?

January 24, 1998 Over protests by feminist groups the Pentagon reinstated the practice of decorating aircraft fuselages with provocative paintings…

Dorothy Rungeling Hits The Top

January 23, 1958 Dorothy Wetherald Rungeling became the first woman in Canada to earn an Air Transport License, the highest…

Willa Brown Flies High

January 22, 1906 Willa Brown, the first African-American woman pilot licensed in the United States was born. Her mentor Bessie…

Lois McCallin Flies Like An Eagle

January 21, 1987 Lois McCallin set the world record for human powered flight. Using only leg power, she flew the…

Bernetta Adams Miller Down Down down…

January 20, 1913 Bernetta Adams Miller attempted a women’s altitude record, taking off from Garden City, New York. In the…

Nadeshda Degtereva- Dressed Like A Man, Flew Like a Woman

January 1915 Though she had no pilot’s license, during WWI Nadeshda Degtereva disguised herself as a man and flew missions…

Stinson Sisters Build An Airport

January 18, 1916 Katherine and Marjorie Stinson build their own airport in San Antonio, Texas, and operated a flight school…

China Welcomes Women Pilots

January 17, 1984 China’s Civil Aviation Flight College recruited its first female students. Although Chinese women had been trained as…

Too Fast For A Woman?

January 16, 1929 Aviatrix Bobbi Trout sent a letter to Orville Wright, chair of the National Aeronautic Association Contest Committee,…

Betty Budde- A Moving Target

January 15, 1943 Betty Deuser Budde joined the third class of Women’s Flight Training to become a WASP. After graduation…

Shannon Lucid, Space Traveler

January 14, 1943 Astronaut Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid was born in Shanghai, China. In 1996, she remained in space from…

Nellie Zabel Willhite Won’t Stay On The Ground

January 13, 1928 Though deaf from a childhood case of measles, Nellie Zabel Willhite soloed after only 13 hours of…

Blanche Scott Ascends

January 12, 1970 America’s first female professional pilot, Blanche Stuart Scott, passed away. Scott was known as the “Tomboy of…

Fly On Beverly Sharp

January 11, 2006 A flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the life of pilot and Ninety-Nines…

Amelia Earhart Hulas From Hawaii To California

January 10, 1935 Amelia Earhart prepared to take off from Wheeler Field in Oahu, Hawaii in her Lockhead Vega. Her…

Fly Melitta Schiller Von Stauffenberg

January 9, 1903 Dive bomb pilot Melitta Schiller Von Stauffenberg was born. Although she wanted to work for the Red…

Neta Snook Tests The Skies

January 8, 1921 Aviatrix Neta Snook test flew a new model Kinner Airster. Six months later she taught Amelia Earhart…

Bobbi Trout Flies!

January 7, 1906 Evelyn “Bobbi” Trout was born. Trout set a number of aviation records and firsts and was the…

Fear The Nachthexen!

January 6, 1943 The Nachthexen (Night Witches, as nicknamed by the Germans), an all female Russian bomber regiment founded by…

Up To The Stratosphere, Jeannette Ridlon Piccard

January 5, 1895 High altitude balloonist Jeannette Ridlon Piccard was born. Piccard was the first American woman to earn a…

Therese Peltier Descends

January 4, 1910 Therese Peltier, the first woman to pilot an airplane, gave up aviation when her flight instructor, Leon…

Up, Up, Up Rosina Ferrario

January 3, 1913 Mountain climber Rosina Ferrario became the first Italian woman to earn a pilot’s license, and the only…

Bobbi Trout’s Aerial Challenge

January 2, 1929 Bobbi Trout set of on an endurance flight that would last 12 hours 11 minutes, beating Viola…

Betty Skelton, The First Lady of Firsts

January 1, 1948 Betty Skelton, the “First Lady of Firsts” won the Women’s Aerobatic Championship. During her long varied career,…

Helen Richey Delivers The Mail

December 31, 1934 Helen Richey became the first woman to pilot a scheduled airmail flight, traveling from Washington, DC to…

Maryse Bastie Takes To The Air

December 30, 1936 Maryse Bastie flew from Dakar, Senegal to Natal, Brazil in 12 hours, 5 minutes. She was the…

High Flier, Ruth Nichols

December 29, 1932 Ruth Nichols became the first woman pilot of a commercial passenger airline, flying for New York and…

Amelia Earhart Tries The Skies

December 28, 1920 Twenty-three year old Amelia Earhart went on her first airplane flight as a passenger, paying pilot Frank…

Reach For The Stars, Naoko Yamazaki

December 27, 1970 Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki was born in Matsudo, Japan. On April 5, 2010 Yamazaki flew into space as…

Louise Faure-Favier, a pen with wings

December 26, 1921 Aviation buff and journalist Louise Faure-Favier published the first in flight magazine, Guides des Voyages Aeriens, Paris-Londres….

Soar Rein-does!

December 25 The world’s premier all-female flight crew, commonly known as Santa’s Reindeer, have accomplished another global gift giving mission….

Ruth Chatterton, The Flying Filmstar

December 24, 1893 Actress and aviatrix Ruth Chatterton was born. Chatterton was nominated for an Academy Award for her roles…

Sophie Blanchard, Roman Candle

December 23, 1811 Sophie Blanchard, the world’s first female professional balloonist, took off in Rome, falling into a “profound sleep”…

Teach Them Well Jeanne Herveu

December 22, 1911 Auto racer Jeanne Herveu (sometimes spelled Herveux or Herveau) opened an all female flying school in France….

Helene Dutrieu Takes The Coupe

December 21, 1910 Motorcycle champion Helene Dutrieu won the Coupe Femina, a prize awarded each year to the woman who…

Fly! Fly! Fly! Viola Gentry

December 20, 1928 Viola Gentry set the first official women’s endurance record, flying 8 hours, 6 minutes, 37 seconds in…

Love Is In The Air With Peggy McKillop and Colin Kelman

December 19, 1937 Barnstorming newlyweds Peggy McKillop and Colin Kelman took off on a whirlwind honeymoon from London to France,…

Laura Ingalls Arraigned

December 18, 1941 Recordbreaking aviatrix Laura Ingall was arraigned in federal court on charges of being a German spy. Ingalls…

Marie Louise Driancourt and the wide blue yonder

December 17, 1887 Madame Marie Louise Driancourt was born in Lyon, France. A widow with three daughters, Driancourt earned her…

Ivy May Pearce Flies In High Fashion

December 16, 1936 Ivy May Pearce competed in the Brisbane to Adelaide Air Race, posting the fastest time for any…

Ride, Sally Ride

December 15, 2006 Sally Ride, the first woman to orbit the earth, was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of…

Nothing Will Stop Carol Mitchell and the U.S. Air Force

December 14, 1989 Captain Carol Mitchell led the first all female crew on a US Air Force combat mission. Other…

Fly Through The Glass Ceiling, Helen Richey

December 13, 1934 Central Airlines, later part of United Airlines, hired pilot Helen Richey, the first woman to fly for…

Loop The Loop With Katherine Sui Fun Cheung

December 12, 1904 Barnstorming pilot Katherine Sui Fun Cheung was born in Canton, China. At age 17, Cheung moved to…

National Aviation Day In Texas

December 11, 1933 Texas Governor Miriam “Ma” Ferguson proclaimed December 11 “National” Aviation Day in honor of the Wright Brothers’…

Sunita Williams Circles The Stars

December 10, 2006 Astronaut Sunita Williams set off on board space shuttle Discovery to join the Expedition 14 crew on…

Wally Funk On The Scene

December 9, 1974 The National Transportation Safety Board hired Wally Funk as an Air Safety Investigator, the first woman to…

Nancy Hopkins Spier Spins To New Heights

December 8, 1931 After recovering from a sudden spinning dive, Nancy Hopkins Tier earned her commercial transport license. Tier was…

Into The Air, Jeanne Herveau

December 7, 1910 Motor racer Jeanne Herveau earned her pilots license. In 1911 she opened an all female flying school…

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Flying The Friendly Skies

December 6, 1935 TWA graduated its first class of air hostesses- trained to identify landmarks along the route, operate the…

Glide On Florence Taylor

December 5, 1909 Florence Mary Taylor became the first Australian woman to fly a heavier than air machine when she…

Special Delivery Linda Corbould

December 4, 2006 Wing Commander Linda Corbould delivered the Royal Australian Air Force’s first C-17 Globemaster III. Corbould joined the…

Judith Chisholm Zips Around The Globe

December 3, 1980 Judith Chisholm completed a record breaking around-the-world flight in fifteen days twenty two minutes. Chisholm was also…

Three Cheers For Ruth Law

December 2, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson honored Ruth Law at a dinner celebrating her record breaking flight from Chicago to…

Pauline Gower Flies England’s Skies

December 1, 1939 Pauline Gower founded the women’s division of the British Air Transport Auxiliary and became the first woman…

What Goes Up Must Come Down- Rayna Kasabova

November 30, 1912 Romanian 15 year old Rayna Kasabova flew solo. One month before, on October 30, she had dropped…

Friendship Flight For Saudamini Deshmukh

November 29, 1985 An all female crew, led by Captain Saudamini Deshmukh, flew an Indian Airlines Fokker F-25 Friendship. It…

The Sky Is No Limit For Barbara Morgan

November 28, 1951 Astronaut and teacher Barbara Morgan was born. Morgan was selected as the backup candidate in NASA’s Teachers…

Soar, Elinor… and Bobbi Trout, too!

November 27, 1929 Elinor Smith and Bobbi Trout took off in a Sunbeam biplane to become the first women to…

Fly With The Angels, Kay Applegate Dussaq

November 26, 1944 WASP Kay Applegate Dussaq was killed in crash during an administrative cross country flight. She was born…

Lady Hawk Helene Dutrieu

November 25, 1910 Helene Dutrieu became the fourth licensed female pilot. Known as “Lady Hawk” because of her daring, she…

Grace Koepp Oversees It All

November 24, 2009 Grace Koepp, age 93 flew as a passenger in a Cessna 182 piloted by Anne Noel, fullfilling…

WASP Get Their Due

November 23, 1977 President Jimmy Carter signed legislation to grant veteran status to the women who served in the WASP….

Let It Snow, Marlene Shillingford

November 22, 1992 Marlene Shillingford was appointed Crew Chief of the Snowbirds, the Canadian Air Force’s aerobatic team. Unlike the…

Fly High Lyubov Golanchikova

November 21, 1912 Former Vaudeville dancer Lyubov Golanchikova set a women’s altitude record of 7218 feet in a Fokker Eindecker….

Fly Away Bessie Coleman

November 20, 1920 After taking a French class from Berlitz, Bessie Coleman set sail for France to learn to fly…

Dolly Shepherd’s Flying Trapeze

November 19, 1886 Balloonist and parachutist Elizabeth “Dolly” Shepherd was born in Potters Bar, England. She was the Edwardian era’s…

Higher, Higher, Ruth Blaney Alexander

November 18,1929 Ruth Blaney Alexander set a light plane altitude record of 15,718 feet less than 24 hours after she…

Women’s Flight Training Detachment Takes To The Sky

November 17, 1942 The first class of the Army Air Corps’ Women’s Flight Training Detachment (WFTD) began their twenty three…

Jumping Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick

November 16, 1990 The Los Angeles Adventurer’s Club celebrated Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick, awarding her golden wings for over 1000 parachute…

Pancho Barnes On The Silver Screen

November 15, 1930 Howard Hughes’ film Hell’s Angels was released, marking pilot Pancho Barnes’ debut as a movie stunt pilot….

Wonderful Amy Johnson

November 14, 1932 British aviator Amy Johnson, known as “Wonderful Amy” left Croydon Airport and landed in Capetown, South Africa…

Up and Away Marilyn Copeland

November 13, 1987 Air racer and Ninety-nines president Marilyn Copeland received the Kansas Governor’s Aviation Honor for her efforts to…

Ruth Law Earns Her Wings

November 12, 1912 Ruth Law earned her pilot’s license. In 1916, Law flew nonstop from Chicago to New York, smashing…

Miss Kansas Amelia Earhart

November 11, 1988 Amelia Earhart was inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame. The aviatrix was born in Atchison,…

Hazel Ying Lee In Pursuit

November 10, 1944 WASP Hazel Ying Lee was summoned to the Bell Aircraft Factory in Niagara Falls, New York to…

Fly Onward Louise Thaden

November 9, 1979 Louise Thaden passed away. In 1929, Thaden, Bobbi Trout and Elinor Smith fought a three way endurance…

Heavenly Nuptuals For Leontine Gaschon

November 8, 1855 French actress Leontine Gaschon and aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe were united in holy matrimony in a silver and…

Close Call, Nancy Harkness

November 7, 1930 With only 15 hours of flight experience, sixteen-year-old Nancy Harkness left Milton Academy with two friends to…

Freda Thompson- Signed, Sealed, Delivered

November 6, 1934 Freda Thompson became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. The trip took 19…

Magnifique Jacqueline Auriol

November 5, 1917 Jacqueline Auriol was born. Auriol, the daughter-in-law of the president of France, was one of her country’s…

Jill Wyndham Crosses Continents

November 4, 1935 Jill Wyndham and her former flight instructor David Llewellyn zipped from Capetown, South Africa to England in…

Up And Away With Edna Gardner Whyte

November 3, 1902 Air racer and flight instructor Edna Gardner Whyte was born. When no one would hire her as…

Tea And Propellers With The Ninety-Nines

November 2, 1929 Twenty-six female pilots gathered in a hangar at Curtiss Field in Long Island, New York, for the…

Fight On WASP

November 1, 1944 Bob Nowland, commanding general of the Ferrying Division of Air Transport Command, pleaded for the Women’s Airforce…

Fly High Lynn Barton

October 31, 1987 Lynn Barton became British Airways’ first female pilot. In 2008, she landed the first flight at Heathrow…

Lift Off Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar

October 30, 1985 Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar lifted off for her first of five missions aboard the space shuttle. She was…

Fly On Evelyn Bryan Johnson

October 29, 2007 Ninety-eight-year-old Evelyn Bryan Johnson aka “Mama Bird” was awarded the Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Award. Johnson has…

The Few The Proud Sarah Deal

October 28, 1999 Sarah Deal was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. She was the first woman to…

First In Flight Sarah Van Deman

October 27, 1909 Sarah Van Deman aka “Lady Jack” flew with Wilbur Wright, becoming the first woman airplane passenger in…

Night And Day With Beryl Markham

October 26, 1902 Beryl Markham was born. She became Kenya’s first female commercial pilot and achieved international fame as the…

Flap Those Wings, Beate Uhse-Rotermund

October 25, 1919 German pilot Beate Uhse-Rotermund was born. Uhse-Rotermund trained as a stunt pilot before WWII and became the…

Truth, Justice, And Chubby Miller

October 24, 1934 Maude “Chubby” Miller was sworn in as a “sky policeman” by the San Francisco Chief of Police….

Fly On, Betty Scott

October 23, 1910 Betty Scott became the first woman to fly before an audience when she flew a Curtiss Pusher…

That Magnificent Woman In Her Flying Machine- Raymonde de Laroche

October 22, 1909 “Baroness” Raymonde de Laroche became the first woman to pilot a heavier than air machine. The daughter…

Soar, soar Elinor!

October 21, 1928 Seventeen year old Elinor Smith flew her father’s Waco 10 biplane under the four East River bridges….

Sister Mary Aquinas On A Wing And A Prayer

October 20, 1985 “The Flying Nun” Sister Mary Aquinas passed away. This real life pilot-nun, the inspiration for a movie…

Determined Bozena Laglerova

October 19, 1911 Czech Bozena Laglerova became the second woman to earn a German pilot’s license. She was already licensed…

Fly On Jean Batten

October 18, 1937 Jean Batten broke the record for a solo flight from Australia to England, the only person to…

Up In The Air, Mae Jemison

October 17, 1956 astronaut and physician Mae Jemison was born. Jemison became the first African American woman in space on…

The Champ- Cecil “Teddy” Kenyon

October 16, 1933 99s charter member Teddy Kenyon won the National Sportswomen Flying Championship at Roosevelt Field, New York (Elinor…

Fay Gillis On The Scene

October 15, 1908 Pilot, reporter, and adventuress Fay Gillis was born. Gillis’s first career was demonstrating airplanes for Curtiss. She…

Especially for the students who came to see me at Politics & Prose!

Yesterday I had an AMAZING time at my favorite bookstore, Politics & Prose. Even though we had torrential rain in…

Ann Baumgartner, Jet Propelled

October 14, 1944 WASP test pilot Ann Baumgartner became the first woman to fly a jet when she piloted a…

Bessica Raiche On Wings Of Gold And Diamonds

October 13, 1910 The Aeronautical Society awarded Bessica Raiche a winged medal fashioned of gold and diamonds in recognition of…

Goldschmidt and Rumplemeyer Fly The Friendly Skies

October 12, 1913 Madame Gustave Goldschmidt and her copilot Renee Rumplemeyer were the first female balloonists to compete in the…

Ruth Elder- An American Girl

October 11, 1927 Actress and adventurer Ruth Elder and her flight instructor George Haldeman took off from Roosevelt Field in…

Lillian Boyer, The Girl Of Nerve

October 10, 1921 Wingwalker Lillian Boyer made her first plane to plane transfer. During her eight year career she hung…

Ninety Nine Woman Pilots Band Together

October 9, 1929 A letter went out to all 117 licensed female pilots in the United States- “It seems that…

Up Up And Away Nikki Caplan and Jane Buckles

October 8, 1982 Nikki Caplan and copilot Jane Buckles established the women’s distance record for gas balloons, flying 843.59 miles…

Climb Onboard Edith Berg

October 7, 1908 Edith Berg became the first female airplane passenger when Wilbur Wright took her on a demonstration flight….

Fly On Danielle Francoeur

October 6, 1999 Danielle Francoeur and her all woman team placed second in the America’s Challenge Gordon Bennett Air Race…

Leaping Fay Gillis

October 5, 1929 Fay Gillis earned her pilot’s license and immediately became a major force in the world of women’s…

Blast Off Yelena Kondakova

October 4, 1994 Cosmonaut Yelena Kodakova launched into space with Soyuz TM-17. She spent 169 days in space and is…

Faster, Higher Marta Bohn-Meyer

October 3, 1991 Marta Bohn-Meyer became the only woman to fly the SR 71 Blackbird. Bohn-Meyer, the chief engineer of…

Smaranda Braescu Flits And Floats

October 2, 1931 Smaranda Braescu lept from a plane almost 20,000 above the ground and fluttered for 21 minutes 25…

Pack ‘em Esther Ammerman

October 1, 1942 Esther Mueller Ammerman soloed. She was Nebraska’s only female licensed parachute rigger and later flew the B-26…

Harriet Quimby In Print

September 30, 1911 Harriet Quimby published an article called “Flying Not So Dangerous As It Seems” in Colliers Magazine. Over…

Women Into The Wide Blue Yonder

September 29, 1976 Twenty women began undergraduate pilot training at Williams Air Force Base. They were the first women to…

Nancy Love- Who needs legs when you have wings?

September 28, 1942 Life Magazine announced that Nancy Harkness Love, director of the WAFS,  was one of six women in…

Katherine Stinson Delivers

September 27, 1913 Katherine Stinson, “The Flying Schoolgirl”, became the first woman to make an official airmail flight. In 1915,…

Melie Beese Takes Wing

September 26, 1911 German aviatrix Amelie Beese competed in the Autumn Fly at Johannisthal, near Berlin, setting a woman’s endurance…

Bernetta Miller Ticketed

September 25, 1912 Bernetta Adams Miller became the fifth American woman to earn a pilot’s license. On October 5, less…

Dolittle Flies Blind

September 24, 1929 Aviation pioneer Jimmy Doolittle made a completely blind flight- take off, flight, and landing without visual aids….

Jackie Cochran Finishes

September 23, 1938 Glamorous Jacqueline Cochran crossed the finish line of the cross-country Bendix Race on fuel vapors becoming the…

Martha Niel Takes Flight

September 22, 1909 Just one week after earning her pilots license, Marthe Niel became the only women competitor in an…

Sophie Blanchard Crashes!

September 21, 1817 Sophie Blanchard, the first woman balloonist, crashed into a swamp and nearly drowned. Two years later she…

Lillian Todd Grounded

September 20, 1909 Lillian Todd, the first woman to apply for a pilots license, was refused a permit to conduct…

All Girl Air Carnival Attracts 15,000

September 19, 1937 The Chicago Girls’ Flying Club held an Air Carnival with the Ninety-Nines, featuring novelty acts, comedy, cross…

Grace Drummond-Hay goes bob bob bobbing along

September 18, 1928 The German dirigible LZ-127 Graf Zepplin was launched. The next year, British reporter Grace Drummond-Hay flew around…

Patti Johnson In The Lead

September 17, 1993 Flyer Patti Johnson became the first women to win a closed pylon championship against men in the…

Bessica Raiche Takes Flight

September 16, 1910 Bloomer-wearing dentist Bessica Medlar Raiche made the first solo airplane flight by a woman in the United…

Jean Batten, The Flying Kiwi

September 15, 1909 New Zealand’s most celebrated aviatrix, Jean Batten, was born in Rotaru. In 1934, she flew solo from…

Lorna DeBlicquy takes to the skies

September 14, 1946 Fifteen year old Lorna DeBlicquy soloed in a Piper J-3 Cub. The next year she became the…

Yikes Amelie!

September 13, 1911 Amelie Beese became the first German woman to earn a pilot’s license on her birthday, September 13….

Laura Ingalls, High Flyer

September 12, 1935 Laura Ingalls (the aviatrix, not the prairie girl!) flew non-stop from Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California…

Birds Fly Too

September 11, 1911 Hilda Hewlett, aka “Grace Bird”, Britain’s first female pilot, flew her Farman Pusher biplane in an airshow…

Go Claire, Go!

September 10, 1951 Claire McMillen Walters won the All Women’s Air Derby in Detroit, Michigan and married her husband Mike…

Hooray For Queen Bess!

September 9, 1923 The world’s first African American woman pilot, Bessie Coleman aka “Queen Bess”, performed loops, figure eights, and…

No fair!

September 8, 1920 Wingwalker Ethel Dare was banned from the air after a male wingwalker was killed attempting a stunt…