November 2, 1929 Twenty-six female pilots gathered in a hangar at Curtiss Field in Long Island, New York, for the first meeting of the Ninety-Nines, the international organization of women pilots. Tea was served from a tool chest and Neva Paris was elected as temporary chairman. The Ninety-Nines are now headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma,… Read more »
365 Female Flying Feats
November 1, 1944 Bob Nowland, commanding general of the Ferrying Division of Air Transport Command, pleaded for the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (the WASP) program to continue. General Hap Arnold responded “The WASP have completed their mission….The Air Forces will long remember their service and their final sacrifice.” Yet the women pilots were not granted… Read more »
October 31, 1987 Lynn Barton became British Airways’ first female pilot. In 2008, she landed the first flight at Heathrow Airport’s new T5 terminal. By that time the airline employed 175 female pilots.
October 30, 1985 Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar lifted off for her first of five missions aboard the space shuttle. She was responsible for operating Spacelab. After retiring from NASA she became the president of the Museum Of Flight.
October 29, 2007 Ninety-eight-year-old Evelyn Bryan Johnson aka “Mama Bird” was awarded the Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Award. Johnson has logged over 57,000 flight hours and is the world’s oldest living flight instructor.
October 28, 1999 Sarah Deal was inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame. She was the first woman to attend the Marine’s flight school.
October 27, 1909 Sarah Van Deman aka “Lady Jack” flew with Wilbur Wright, becoming the first woman airplane passenger in America. Van Deman was a friend of Katharine Wright, the inventors’ sister. “Now I know why birds sing,” she said. “It was wonderful. There is no earthly sensation I can compare with it. Afraid? Why should… Read more »
October 26, 1902 Beryl Markham was born. She became Kenya’s first female commercial pilot and achieved international fame as the author of the aviation classic West With The Night.
October 25, 1919 German pilot Beate Uhse-Rotermund was born. Uhse-Rotermund trained as a stunt pilot before WWII and became the only woman pilot in the Luftwaffe once the war began. Obsessed with flying from an early age, eight-year-old Beate glued chicken feathers to her arms and jumped from the roof of her parents house.
October 24, 1934 Maude “Chubby” Miller was sworn in as a “sky policeman” by the San Francisco Chief of Police. Miller herself had been involved in a sordid murder investigation just two years earlier when her romantic and flying partner Bill Lancaster was accused of killing her biographer Haden Clarke. Lancaster was acquitted but their… Read more »