365 Female Flying Feats

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 distance records by over 100 miles. By 1917 she earned as much as $9000 a week flying in exhibitions. During World War I, Law campaigned unsuccessfully for women’s right to fly military aircraft.

Miss Kansas Amelia Earhart

November 11, 1988 Amelia Earhart was inducted into the Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame. The aviatrix was born in Atchison, Kansas in 1897 and considered it her hometown through her lifetime. In 1986, Kansan Olive Ann Beech, the cofounder of Beech Aircraft, was the Hall of Fame’s first inductee.

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 deliver a P-63 KingCobra to Great Falls, Montana. Lee was a member of the elite Pursuit Squad, an all woman ferrying group that delivered aircraft from American factories to the Soviet Air Force. When the… Read more »

Fly Onward Louise Thaden

November 9, 1979 Louise Thaden passed away. In 1929, Thaden, Bobbi Trout and Elinor Smith fought a three way endurance duel for most hours aloft. Seventeen-year-old Elinor Smith eventually came out ahead. Thaden went on to beat Amelia Earhart to win the Powderpuff Derby and was the first woman to win the Bendix Trophy. In… Read more »

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 blue balloon hovering over New York City. The New York Herald reported that the “happy and loving couple dashed away into the clear and cloudless night for a romantic flight to a wedding made in… Read more »

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 fly to Vassar in Poughkeepsie, New York. Harkness’ plane ran into rough weather and she did not know how to read a compass. After making a successful emergency landing she vowed to train more seriously…. Read more »

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 days of flying (and 20 more days of waiting for a part when her plane was damaged on a forced landing in Greece.) In 1994, the Australian Post honored Freda Thompson with a postage stamp… Read more »

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 most accomplished woman pilots. She broke the sound barrier and was one of few women to fly the Concorde.

Jill Wyndham Crosses Continents

November 4, 1935 Jill Wyndham and her former flight instructor David Llewellyn zipped from Capetown, South Africa to England in 6 days, 12 hours, and 17 minutes, setting a new speed record.

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 a professional pilot Whyte built her own airport and founded a flying school. She trained thousands of pilots and won over 125 flying trophies.