Anne Morrow, the “other” Lindbergh Soars

January 29, 1930 Memoirist, poet, and pilot Anne Morrow Lindbergh became the first woman to earn a First Class Glider License, soaring from Mount Soledad to La Jolla Shores in San Diego, California. Lindbergh later wrote ” In that airy quietness … I would think until I found … Something lying on the ground, In the bottom of my mind.

Remembering The Crew Of The Space Shuttle Challenger

January 28, 1986 The Space Shuttle Challenger broke up 73 seconds after lift off, killing all seven crew members including including mission specialist Judith Resnick and the first Teacher In Space Christa McAuliffe. Also on board were Dick Scobee, Michael Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, and Gregory Jarvis. The cause of the disaster was a faulty O ring seal.

Jessie Wood Suspends Disbelief Dangling In Midair

January 27, 1909 Pioneer aviatrix Jessie Woods was born. Along with her husband, Woods founded the Flying Aces Air Circus. She was the star performer, walking on the wings, parachuting from the cockpit and dangling by her knees from a ladder suspended in midair.

From Treaty Of Versailles to Soaring The Friendly Skies- Peaches Wallace

January 26, 1930 Peaches Wallace qualified for her third class glider license. By June she would hold first, second, and third class licenses and form the Ann Lindbergh Gliding Club in San Diego, California. After WWI the popularity of soaring spread to the US from Germany, where flying powered aircraft was prohibited by the Treaty of Versailles.

Controversial Flier Park Kyung-won

January 25, 1927 Park Kyung-won earned her pilot’s license, becoming the first female civilian pilot in Korea. In 2005, Blue Swallow, a film based on her life, was released in South Korea. The movie raised protests because it alleged Park Kyung-won had been pro-Japanese.

Where are the pin up boys?

January 24, 1998 Over protests by feminist groups the Pentagon reinstated the practice of decorating aircraft fuselages with provocative paintings pin up girls. The British Ministry of Defense banned pin up “nose art” in 2007.

Dorothy Rungeling Hits The Top

January 23, 1958 Dorothy Wetherald Rungeling became the first woman in Canada to earn an Air Transport License, the highest level in aviation.  Known as “The Flying Housewife” Rungeling wrote newspaper columns about aviation and flight safety and taught aviation to Girl Guides.

Willa Brown Flies High

January 22, 1906 Willa Brown, the first African-American woman pilot licensed in the United States was born. Her mentor Bessie Coleman had been licensed in France. Brown learned to fly in 1934 and married pilot Cornelius Coffey two years later. She was the federal coordinator of the Chicago unit of the Civil Air Patrol civilian pilot training program and created the Tuskegee Airman, an elite African-American flying corps her husband later joined.

Bernetta Adams Miller Down Down down…

January 20, 1913 Bernetta Adams Miller attempted a women’s altitude record, taking off from Garden City, New York. In the era of the biplane, Miller had previously been the first person to demonstrate a monoplane to the United States Army. Unfortunately, Miller’s altitude attempt failed when her plane’s oil gauge broke, obscuring her vision.