365 Female Flying Feats

Bessica Raiche On Wings Of Gold And Diamonds

October 13, 1910 The Aeronautical Society awarded Bessica Raiche a winged medal fashioned of gold and diamonds in recognition of “the nation’s first intentional solo by a woman.”  Their wording was very specific because Blanche Scott had piloted a plane that accidentally left the ground twenty days before Raiche’s flight. Raiche later said “”Blanche deserved… Read more »

Ruth Elder- An American Girl

October 11, 1927 Actress and adventurer Ruth Elder and her flight instructor George Haldeman took off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York in an attempt to make Elder the first woman to fly across the Atlantic. Elder’s plane the “American Girl” was not up to the task and crashed into the ocean near… Read more »

Lillian Boyer, The Girl Of Nerve

October 10, 1921 Wingwalker Lillian Boyer made her first plane to plane transfer. During her eight year career she hung from a biplane by her toes or teeth, balanced on her head, and stood on the wing while the plane made a loop. She also parachuted from the wing and once landed in the seat… Read more »

Ninety Nine Woman Pilots Band Together

October 9, 1929 A letter went out to all 117 licensed female pilots in the United States- “It seems that the women pilots in this country should have some sort of an organization”.  Ninety nine women joined as charter members and thus the Ninety-Nines, an International organization of women pilots, was born. Although Amelia Earhart… Read more »

Up Up And Away Nikki Caplan and Jane Buckles

October 8, 1982 Nikki Caplan and copilot Jane Buckles established the women’s distance record for gas balloons, flying 843.59 miles from Albuquerque, New Mexico to Duncombe, Iowa. In 1973, Caplan had been the first pilot permitted to fly an aircraft through the St. Louis Arch.

Climb Onboard Edith Berg

October 7, 1908 Edith Berg became the first female airplane passenger when Wilbur Wright took her on a demonstration flight. Wright tied a rope around Edith’s full skirt to keep it from getting tangled in the wires and gears of the Wright Flyer. When a newspaper published a picture of Edith still wearing the rope… Read more »

Fly On Danielle Francoeur

October 6, 1999 Danielle Francoeur and her all woman team placed second in the America’s Challenge Gordon Bennett Air Race taking off in Albuquerque, New Mexico and landing in Goodman, Mississippi. In 1906. James Gordon Bennett started the long distance balloon race. The America’s challenge mimics the European version, testing the balloon which can fly… Read more »

Leaping Fay Gillis

October 5, 1929 Fay Gillis earned her pilot’s license and immediately became a major force in the world of women’s aviation. Along with Amelia Earhart she founded the 99s, the international organization of women pilots. Gillis became the first female member of the “Caterpillar Club” when she was forced to bail out of her plane… Read more »

Blast Off Yelena Kondakova

October 4, 1994 Cosmonaut Yelena Kodakova launched into space with Soyuz TM-17. She spent 169 days in space and is credited as the first woman to make a long-endurance spaceflight. In 1997 she flew aboard the space shuttle Atlantis and now serves as a deputy in the Duma, Russia’s parliament.