Woman in Aviation: Tiny Broadwich


Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick was the first woman to parachute from an airplane and the first person to manually deploy a parachute after a malfunction!

Born on April 8, 1893 in North Carolina, Georgia Ann Thompson, was nicknamed Tiny due to her small size and weight. At the young age of 15 years, she jumped from a hot air balloon at the North Carolina State Fair. An encounter with famed stunt flyer and airplane manufacturer Glenn Martin led her to the world of airplane jumping and on June 21st, 1913, she became the first woman to parachute from an airplane.

Source – Wikipedia: Ready to jump from Martin T airplane piloted by Glenn Martin.

Continue to read the amazing story of her life here.

March is Women in History month and Woman of Aviation month.

See Also:

Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Tiny Broadwich