365 Female Flying Feats

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 the United States to live with her father. She soon began flying lessons and became the first Chinese American woman licensed to fly. Cheung traveled the country performing complicated aerobatic maneuvers at fairs and air… Read more »

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’ first flight. Ferguson, Texas’s first female governor, had never flown in a plane.

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 the International Space Station. She returned to earth on June 22, 2007, after 195 days the longest space flight by a woman. In orbit Williams donated her ponytail to Locks of Love. Astronaut Joan Higginbotham… Read more »

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 hold the job. With over 17,000 hours of flight time, Funk had aspired to be an astronaut and was one of the “Mercury 13”, chronicled by Tanya Lee Stone in ALMOST ASTRONAUTS.

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 a charter member of the Ninety Nines and became the president of the International Women’s Air and Space Museum.

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 but it failed to attract students. After setting a distance record of 63 miles Herveau retired from aviation.

Flying The Friendly Skies

December 6, 1935 TWA graduated its first class of air hostesses- trained to identify landmarks along the route, operate the aircraft heat system, and comfort passengers. Chief hostess Ruth Rhodes said “Women haven’t enough adventure in their lives. Flying through the air high above the earth, racing against time, absorbing the knowledge that after all,… Read more »

Glide On Florence Taylor

December 5, 1909 Florence Mary Taylor became the first Australian woman to fly a heavier than air machine when she piloted a glider near Sydney before a crowd of over one hundred. Taylor was also the first woman architect in Australia and became famous as the publisher of many building and design magazines. It was… Read more »

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 Air Force in 1981, serving as an air traffic controller until 1990 when women were allowed to train as pilots.

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 the first female air traffic controller in Britain. “All (flying) takes is determination, an independent spirit, and thick skin,” she said.