Women have played a significant role in every field known to men, but issues like sexism, stereotypes, and glass ceilings have affected their growth within the industry. Since the early 1900s when the Wright Brothers invented the first-ever flyable plane, their sister Kathrine, played a major role in it as well. She sought knowledge regarding the invention from her teachers and even funded majorly for the project. Although women expressed keen interest in the field of aviation and flying, issues like sexism and stereotypes played a major role in their succession into this industry.
But as time passes by stereotypes were broken, glass ceilings shattered and women have succeeded in every given field and have ever surpassed males in many. Let’s look into some famous women in aviation who played a major role in inspiring every soul around the globe as we pay a tribute to them.
FAMOUS WOMEN IN AVIATION HISTORY
Juanita Pritchard Bailey a beauty salon owner by profession started her flying career in her mid-fifties. She served as a patrol pilot in the Second World War, later she worked for the famous aircraft manufacturer Piper as a delivery pilot. She was the first lady to fly solo between the United States to Panama and was awarded the Pioneer Women of the Year Award in 1996. She has logged over 6000 flying hours with an airplane, glider sea, and land rating under her belt.
Born in Kansas, she started her med school in Los Angeles but left after a semester and took a keen interest in flying, as her flying lessons completed, she purchased her first aircraft and set a record of flying at 14,000 feet. She later acquired her transport pilot license and set a speed record as well. She decided to fly around the world on her Lockheed Airplane but disappeared near Howland Island on July 2, 1937
Bessie was the first African American to earn a pilot’s license. She was a laundress by profession and after World War, she was inspired to be like the pilots and took the decision of obtaining her license. She earned her license in 1921 and later flew air shows and taught other African Americans how to fly. She always dreamed of establishing a flying school but sadly she couldn’t live to see her dream become a reality, since then Bessie Coleman Aero group hosts the all-black air show annually to honor her.
Quimby was the first American woman to make a solo flight across the English Channel and also being the first woman to fly over Mexico City. Quimby was a writer and wrote seven screenplays that were made into silent movies. During that time was the only woman who wrote about and encouraged other women to enter the field of aviation.
Bernice “Bee” Haydu
Bee is known to be one of the first women to fly for the air force. Her dedication towards Women Airforce Service Pilots also known as WASP helped to place her at front and center as president of the organization where she led the fight in Congress to recognize the WASP as veterans. She died early this year inspiring many alike.
WOMEN IN AVIATION CONFERENCE
The WAI 2021 took place as a virtual conference this year due to the pandemic between Match 11th and 12th, awarding around four million seventy-five thousand eight hundred US Dollars as scholarship for “academic use, lifestyle enhancement, and flight training.”
The 2021 roster of speakers included some famous women in aviation:
- Aysha Alhameli, the first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates
- Montserrat Barriga, European Regions Airline Association
- Helene Gagnon, CAE senior vice president
- Kristin Robertson, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
- U.S. Coast Guard’s first African American female pilot Lt. Cdr. Jeanine Menze, Lt. Cdr. La’Shanda Holmes, Lt. Cdr. Chanel Lee, Lt. Cdr. Angel Hughes, and Lt. Ronaqua Russell
- Dr. Heather Wilson, University of Texas
The 33rd Annual International Women in Aviation Conference is scheduled to take place between March 17–19 ‘22, in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Celebrating women in aviation, this women’s day at Kam Air with Josh Cahill.
Josh Cahill, a famous airline reviewer, and an amazing airplane enthusiast flew to Afghanistan from Islamabad after his short visit to Pakistan. Afghanistan as a nation is known for its poor women’s rights. On this, Women’s Day, Kam Air broke its record of operating its Boeing 737–500 Reg YA-KMN with an all-female crew. The cause of the political instability within the nation meant celebrations are pretty much not celebrated. The Airline Invited Josh to experience the flight.
After the flight Josh posted
“It has been the honor of my life to be part of such a historical flight, it sends a strong message to the world that Afghanistan is more than just a war-torn country, given that during the Taliban occupation Women had absolutely no rights.”
His flight was piloted by the airline's first female Afghan pilot, Mohadese Mirzaee(22) along with Captain Veronica Borysova (32), the second female pilot to join Kam Air.
What percent of pilots are female?
5% of pilots are women, with a mere 1.42% of all captains are women, according to the (ISA) International Society of Women Airline Pilots.
How many female pilots are there in the world?
The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA) has estimated that just 4,000 of the world’s 130,000 pilots, or a mere 3 % are female pilots.
Who is the world’s first female pilot?
Sabiha Gokchen was the first female pilot, with 8000 hours under her belt. She was also the world’s first female fighter pilot at the age of 23.