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Anne Baumgartner was born on August 27th 1918 in Augusta, GA. Her interest in aviation began when she learnt about Amelia Earheart in school. She learned to fly at Somerset Hills Airport in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and entered the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) training at Houston, TX in 1943. She was assigned to tow a target squadron at Camp Davis, North Carolina, flying Curtiss A-25s, and later transferred to Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, where she became the first and only female test pilot.
Some of the aircraft she flew included: T-7, AT-17, AT-10, C-45, C-47, A-24, A-25, B-25, B-26, B-17, B-29, P-38, P-40, P-47, P-51, YP-59A as well as foreign-made Avro Lancaster, deHavilland Mosquito, Spitfire, Junkers Ju-88 and the Canadian C-64. She became the first women to fly a jet when she test flew the YP-59A in 1944.
When the WASP was disbanded in 1944, she returned to flight instruction and writing for New York Times. She died in 2008 at the age of 90.
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Aviation pioneer Neta Snook Southern was born in the city of Mount Carroll Illinois, in 1896. While best known for teaching Amelia Earhart how to fly, Southern also left behind a legacy of several other noteworthy aviation achievements. Southern graduated from Shimer School (now Shimer College) in Chicago in 1912. Three years later, she enrolled […]
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Canadian aviation pioneer Lorna de Blicquy was born in 1931 near the town of Goderich in the province of Ontario. De Blicquy, who developed a strong interest in aviation after a cousin took her for a flight over the Canadian capital of Ottawa, started to take flying lessons when she was only 14. At the […]
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Amelia Earhart was all very well, but did she cycle the Tour de France? Amy Johnson was pretty good but did she swim the length of the Seine? Jackie Cochran achieved a lot but was she the champion precision shooter of all France? No. And how many people fly in a supersonic Voodoo jet on their 80th birthday? The remarkable…
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In 5 days, Women of Aviation Worldwide Week (#WOAW17) kicks off.
March is Women in History month and also Women of Aviation month. Many events are organized across the globe.
Here are a few key events:
The Women in Aviation Conference kicks of March 2nd – March 4th in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
The Smithsonian Women in Aviation and Family Day is March 18th, 2017
The Fly it Forward event runs March 6th – March 12th, 2017
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This day 105 years ago
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Katherine Stinson and the early age of flying
Mentoring young women through discovery flights
March is Women in history month and also Women of Aviation month. Back in CA, my 99s chapter hosted many discovery flights for high school girls. Here is one of my mentees, who got to fly with my friend and CFI and discovered the joy of flying!
I was annoyed from the start by the attitude of doubt by the spectators that I would never really make the flight. This attitude made me more determined than ever to succeed.
— Harriet Quimby, just prior to her flight across the English Channel, 1912.
Photo Courtesy: Library of Congress
Women History Month
March is women history month, celebrating great women throughout history who made a difference. March is also Women in Aviation month. Aviatrix around the world not only remember and honor women aviation giants, but also organize and promote many events to encourage other women into aviation.
Photo courtesy: Early Aviators
On March 8, 1910, Raymonde de Larocha became the first women to obtain her fixed wing pilot’s license at the age of 24. She learned to fly with Charles Voisin on the grounds of Challons, in France. After obtaining her license, she participated in the Reims meet, the only women to do so. She crashed and was seriously injured. After a long recovery, she went on to win the Femina Cup for the longest endurance of 4 hours nonstop flight. In 1919, she set the record for altitude, 15,700ft. That same summer, she perished in a crash, while flying as a copilot on a test flight at Le Bourget airport in France.
Each year, the Women of Aviation Worldwide organizes events the first week of March to commemorate the first women pilot and to inspire women into aviation. A popular event in March is the Fly It Forward event, where pilots give girls and women an opportunity to take flight at a local airport. Check your local area for events at your location.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is hosting their Women in Aviation and Space Heritage day on March 14.
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