A rare publicity still of a seventeen year old Veronica Lake in I Wanted Wings (1941)
Celebrating National Aviation Day by commemorating some World War II pilots. Top to bottom: a pilot in Europe, April 1945 (Herbert Gorfinkle collection); Major (then 1st Lieutenant) Sylvan Feld (Jewish War Veterans papers, Jewish Community Relations Council collection); “Some R.A.F Girls,” 1944 (Herbert Gorfinkle collection)
These short GIFs, taken from a ca. 1927 newsreel, depict Charles Lindbergh taking off from St. Louis en route to Chicago with some 200,000 letters in tow. Lindbergh flew the very same route after completing US Army flight training in 1925; he pulled off his famous transatlantic flight on May 20-21, 1927. The USPS really needs to revive the whole celebrity delivery thing…
["Lindy" Flies the Airmail], ca. 1927. Courtesy US National Archives and Records Administration.
Celebrating Jerrie Mock, the first woman to successfully fly around the world 50 years ago.
June 1972 issue of Naval Aviation News debicting two Vought A-7 Corsair ii’s dropping ordnance.
Photo from the classbook for WASP classes 43-4 & 43-5.
On February 11, 1958, Ruth Carol Taylor became the first African-American flight attendant on a Mohawk Airlines flight from Ithaca to New York City.
Hazel Ying Lee 李月英 (1912-1944), a native of Portland, Oregon, took her first flight in 1932 at the age of 19. She joined the Chinese Flying Club of Portland and in that same year, received her pilot’s license, becoming one of the first Chinese American women to do so, and among the 1% of American pilots who were women. Following the Japanese attack on China in 1933, Lee traveled to China and volunteered to serve in the Chinese Air Force. As the Air Force did not accept women pilots, Lee settled in Canton and took a job flying for a private airline, before returning to the United States in 1938. In 1943 Lee joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots (“WASP”) which was created in an effort to sustain the war effort and overcome the shortage of male pilots at home. She became the first Chinese American women to fly fighter planes for the U.S. Army Air Forces. Lee was killed in a flying accident at Great Falls, Montana on November 23, 1944, while ferrying a P-63 from Buffalo, New York.
More images: Texas Woman’s University Libraries
Documentary by Alan Rosenberg and Montgomery Hom, “A Brief Flight: Hazel Ying Lee and the Women Who Flew Pursuit”: www.hazelyinglee.com
Ellen Church (Première hôtesse de l’air de l’histoire de l’aviation)