Aviation can be an exciting and dangerous realm to explore. There have been many incredible women that have left a strong mark in the history of aviation. They managed to challenge and break gender stereotypes with grace and put the world in sheer awe of what they were capable of. This article will list some legendary female aviators that dared to follow their hearts and soar high:
Amelia Earhart is still an inspiration to many young girls around the world for her courage and tenacity. She was born in Kansas and took up the exciting challenge of flying across the Atlantic Ocean all by herself in the plane.
Unfortunately, she met a tragic end on her last flight from Miami. She wanted to transform her dream of flying her plane around the world into a reality. However, her radio lost contact, and she was not found.
Baroness Raymonde de Laroche
This fierce woman from Paris left a strong mark on aviation history. She was the first woman in the world to get a license to fly. She was also a talented actress. All aviation enthusiasts know about the spectacular risks she took in her life.
She suffered many car and aircraft crashes in her life, but they never broke her spirit. She passed away on 18th July 1919 when she was testing an experimental aircraft with another pilot.
Jacqueline Cochran has an interesting origin story. She was born as Bessie Lee Pittman. She was a simple Florida girl who got orphaned early in her childhood and received no education. At the young age of 22, she completely fell in love with aviation and went on to break many altitudes and distance records.
She is fondly remembered for her habit of doing makeup in the cockpit. She served as the director of the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots and received the Distinguished Service Medal as well.
Emily Howell Werner
Emily Howell Warner grew up in Denver. She felt the desire to fly a plane when she boarded a flight and went inside the cockpit for the first time in her life. She was in awe of all the strange controls and wanted to try them.
She is well known as the first woman to captain and fly a commercial passenger flight. She is also popular for being a commander of the first ever commercial crew made up entirely of women.
Peggy Whitson is a famous name in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She was a simple girl in Iowa who wanted to learn how to fly so badly that she sold her chickens to pay for the lessons.
She is recognized as the oldest woman to have gone into space. She was in so love with space that she broke the record for the longest spacewalking time. In her lifetime, she went into space at least eight times.