Soviet pilots of the Second World War
come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away
Also in honor of International Women’s Day, here’s to the unsung ladies of flight — air travel flight attendants/stewardesses!
"I refused to take no for an answer." — Bessie Coleman
Happy International Women’s Day — here’s to the many women pioneers of flight and to the aviatrises of today and tomorrow!
Pictured here: (top row, L to R) - Amelia Earhart, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Hazel Ying Lee; (middle row, L to R) - Helene Dutrieu, WASPs Barbara Jane London & Evelyn Sharp, Janet Bragg; (bottom row, L to R) - Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran, Maggie Gee.
Black women in the United States Army Nurse Corps were assigned to Tuskegee Army Air Field Hospital (C. 1943) to assist pilots and cadets with physical and psychological problems. Part of their training included ground school instruction.
Memphis Aviation School 1920’s
A lady of the Yugoslavian Air Force poses beside her (feel free to correct me if I fuck this up) Sukhoi Su-17.
Nancy Love (left) and Betty (Huyler) Gillies, the first women to fly the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber. The two WAFS were set to ferry a B-17 named Queen Bee to England when their flight was cancelled by General “Hap” Arnold.
Margaret “Maggie” Gee in her A-2 leather flight jacket and goggles. Gee became the second Chinese-American female service pilot when she graduated with WASP Class 44-W-9.
"In December 1957, Mohawk Airlines hired the first African-American stewardess in the United States, Ruth Carol Taylor. Within months, TWA announced that it would hire a black stewardess, making it the first large airline to break the color barrier in passenger service." Courtesy of Janice Radical