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Going supersonic in 2018 – The women who ushered in supersonic flight

“After six or so flights in the Sabre, I figured she knew it well enough, so I took her up to 45,000 feet and told her to push her nose straight down. We dove together, wing to wing, kept it wide open and made a tremendous couple of sonic booms over Edwards. She became the first woman to fly faster than sound and forever after, she loved to brag that she and I were the …

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Celebrating 80 Years of Female Helicopter Pilots in 2017

It was 1937 when Hanna Reitsch took the controls of a Focke-Achgelis 61 helicopter and became the world’s first female helicopter pilot. In celebration, the theme for the 7th annual Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week, March 6-12, 2017, will be “Let’s whirl. 80 years of female helicopter pilots.” Introducing girls of all ages to helicopters has always been an important part of Women Of Aviation Worldwide Week. Since 2010, nearly 20% of the Week’s 30,074 …

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2016 Theme – “It’s a jungle out there. 60 years of female bush pilots.”

In 1956, Brazilian Ada Rogato boarded her Cessna 140 to fly throughout the Amazon Jungle landing in newly opened forest clearings and visiting Indian villages. She was the first human being to do so. The epic trip took 163 hours of flight time. To celebrate her accomplishment, the Institute for Women Of Aviation Worldwide (iWOAW) selected “It’s a jungle out there. 60 years of female bush pilots.” as the official theme for the 6th annual …

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If Harriet were alive today… Elizabeth looks back at the event honoring her flight across the English Channel

As I sat on the train from London to Headcorn, I was feeling apprehensive. Who would I meet? How would the event go? Would a lot of women show up? But as soon as I entered the door of the Headcorn and met the first of many female pilots, I knew I was in the right place. The first night of the event was mostly a mixer where pilots and passengers got to meet each …

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Women did not always wear pants

In today’s Western World, if you look around, you will probably notice that a vast majority of women wear pants. Well, in fact, the odds are that you don’t even notice anymore as women wearing pants has become the norm. It wasn’t always that way. In the early 1900s, women’s fashion seemed to be designed to inhibit movement. Long shirts dragged down to the floor while corsets limited mid-body movements. Piloting airplanes in these outfits …

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