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 in air shows and the next year she started an aircraft manufacturing business and the first successful flight school. Despite (or maybe because of) her fame, Hewlett’s unsupportive husband said “Women will never be as successful in aviation as men. They have not the right kind of nerve.”

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