365 Female Flying Feats

Shannon Lucid Takes Off

March 22, 1996 Astronaut Shannon Lucid launched into space aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. She would remain in space for almost half a year, most of that time aboard the Russian Mir space station. Lucid was a born explorer and discovered her love of space as a young girl. You can read more about this… Read more »

Fly Lorna DeBlicquy

March 21, 2009 Canadian aviation pioneer Lorna DeBlicquy passed away. At age 14 Lorna fell in love with the sky and by the next year she had earned her pilot’s license. Soon she added skydiving to her repertoire and became Canada’s first (and youngest) female parachutist. DeBlicquy went on to fly passengers and supplies into… Read more »

Amelia Earhart Loops It

March 20, 1937 While attempting to circle the globe, Amelia Earhart ground looped her Lockhead Electra. The flight had to be postponed and the plane sent back from Hawaii to California for repairs. The cause of the crash remains controversial. Crew member Fred Noonan claimed pilot error but Earhart said either the landing gear had… Read more »

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 home, the first woman to fly solo around the world. When Mock was 12 years old she rode in a Ford Trimotor and discovered her passion for flying. She set many speed and distance records… Read more »

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 Women In Space test program. Thirteen women passed the tests undergone by male astronauts- everything from drinking radioactive water to submersion in an isolation chamber to performing difficult maneuvers in a centrifuge and high altitude… Read more »

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 the Wright Flyer and Katharine rode as a passenger. During the tour, outgoing Katharine became the toast of Europe while her shy brothers stayed in the background. Although often unsung, Katharine was an important partner… Read more »

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 women’s Endurance Record. Less than one month later teenager Elinor Smith smashed her record with a new tally of 26 1/2 hours. Thaden went on to become one of the first female professional pilots, winning… Read more »

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”. Marvingt was an experienced balloonist and is often credited as being the first woman to fly a monoplane. She won dozens of prizes in mountain climbing, swimming, fencing, shooting, ski jumping, speed skating, luge, ballooning,… Read more »

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 learned to fly, purchasing a Sikorsky amphibious plane and heading off on a life of adventure. From 1917 to 1936 they set up camp in some of the most remote places on earth. The movies… Read more »

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 and landed her Curtis Jenny float plane on frozen Burlington Bay. In 2008, on what would have been Vollick’s 100th birthday, the Wiarton-Keppel International Airport dedicated the Eileen Vollick Terminal.