Late Night Open Thread: BeBe Fly Girl…Women in Aviation

Good late night!  Here is an open thread for you all. With the recent news about women being pushed back and not forward, I thought we should have a post with some uplifting links about women that have broken through barriers and done some extraordinary things.

In honor of my little girl learning how to fly an ultralight airplane without any assistance, I would like to highlight Women Aviators…

(Isn’t is great to see her flying on her own? I am very proud of my daughter!)

This link has a history timeline listing special dates and descriptions of Women and Flight.  The timeline starts in 1784 through 2001. Women in Aviation – Timeline – Pilots – Flying

1910 – September 2 – Blanche Stuart Scott, without permission or knowledge of Glenn Curtiss, the airplane’s owner and builder, removes a small wood wedge and is able to get the airplane airborne — without any flying lessons — thus becoming the first American woman to pilot an airplane

1910 – October 13 – Bessica Raiche’s flight qualifies her, for some, as the first woman pilot in America — because some discount the flight of Scott as accidental and therefore deny her this credit

1910 – Baroness Raymonde de la Roche becomes the first woman in the world to earn her pilot’s license

1911 – August 11 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first American woman licensed pilot

1911 – September 4 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly at night

1912 – April 16 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to pilot her own aircraft across the English Channel

1913 – Alys McKey Bryant is the first woman pilot in Canada

1916 – Ruth Law sets two American records flying from Chicago to New York

1918 – The US postmaster general approves the appointment of Marjorie Stinson as the first female airmail pilot

1919 – Ruth Law becomes the first person to fly air mail in the Phillipines

1921 – Adrienne Bolland is the first woman to fly over the Andes

1921 Bessie Coleman becomes the first African American, male or female, to earn a pilot’s license

1922 – Lillian Gatlin is the first woman to fly across America as a passenger

1928 – June 17 – Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly across the Atlantic — Lou Gordon and Wilmer Stultz did most of the flying

1929 – August – first Women’s Air Derby is held, and Louise Thaden wins, Gladys O’Donnell takes second place and Amelia Earhart takes third

1929 – Florence Lowe Barnes – Pancho Barnes – becomes the first woman stunt pilot in motion pictures (in “Hell’s Angels”)

1929 Amelia Earhart becomes the first president of the Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots.

1930 – May 5-24 – Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia

1930 Anne Morrow Lindbergh becomes the first woman to earn a glider pilot license

1931 – Ruth Nichols fails in her attempt to fly solo across the Atlantic, but she breaks the world distance record flying from California to Kentucky

1931 – Katherine Cheung becomes the first woman of Chinese ancestry to earn a pilot’s license

1932 – May 20-21 – Amelia Earhart is the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic

The Smithsonian has some more history about American Women in Flight, including some wonderful images.  Flying With America’s Most Famous Female Aviators | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine

Flying With America’s Most Famous Female Aviators
Dozens of talented women preceded Amelia Earhart, and thousands have followed, and each has her own groundbreaking story to tell

Bessie Coleman

This is really a great place to start learning about historic aviatrix like Bessie Coleman (1892–1926)

Turned down by U.S. flight schools because she was black, Coleman went to France, where in 1921 she earned the first International Pilot’s License issued to an African-American woman. Returning to the U.S., where she was annointed “Queen Bess” by aviation enthusiasts, she flew at exhibitions and encouraged blacks of both sexes to take up flying. Before she could raise the money to open a flight school, she was thrown to her death in 1926 as her plane went into a spin while she was rehearsing for an airshow.

Please go to the Smithsonian link for other biographies and pictures of some brave fly girls.

Shorpy also has some cool images of Women in Aviation at this link here.

For more recent information on Women Pilots, check this online magazine out,  Woman Pilot magazine profiling women involved in aviation:

Aviatrix Publishing, Inc. founded Woman Pilot Magazine in 1993 with the goal of profiling the accomplishments of women in all aspects of aviation. Since 1993, we have published hundreds of articles featuring female aviators.

So, do you have any interesting stories or pictures or links you would like to share about amazing women?

Let’s see what you got in the comments below!


8 Comments on “Late Night Open Thread: BeBe Fly Girl…Women in Aviation”

  1. Branjor says:

    Cool video – good for her! May she fly safely.

  2. Woman Voter says:

    You made my day! My older sister came home one day and took down her poster (Ole folks will remember we had posters) and put up one with a lady pilot (First commercial pilot). We went over and looked! Then one day couple of years later came home and added one of a lady pilot in a military outfit. Our jaws dropped….

    Later, for her hours, she took the whole family…little ladder of kids 2 years (she went up when she was 3 months, on a shorter trip.) on up…and she did her flight plan and we took off over the bay…there were eight of us in all, including her boyfriend. I never knew if she told my mom where we were going! 😆

    The interesting thing about sharing stories is that, I noticed how, as kids we got past the idea (SHOCK) of the ladies flying, yup we were conditioned too and how years later it seemed all natural.

    Go little Pilot Girl GO!

  3. fiscalliberal says:

    So – have you flown with your dad?

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Yes, when I was in diapers he started taking me up in Cessna and other single engines. I have flown with him in the ultralight when my ass was a lot smaller than it is now. 😉

      My dad is very happy that she has learned, so that when he gets to the point he can’t fly himself, she can take him flying…my guess is by that time he will be the one in diapers.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Congrats to your daughter, Minx. What a daring young woman!