Women have always been involved in the development of both lighter-aircraft travel and airplanes, helicopter and space travel! We’re taking a look at some of the most well known female contributors to flying history! ✈️
The world’s first licensed female pilot was awarded to a French woman, Raymonde de Laroche, on 8th March 1910. She stated: ‘Flying is the best possible thing for women’. To celebrate this occasion, Women in Aviation Worldwide Week takes place every year, addressing the gender imbalance in the air and space industry. Check out their website here!
We have all heard of the infamous Wright Brothers, the first . But did you know they had a sister? Katherine Wright was an active part in the pursuit of flying with her brothers, supporting them financially, as their official spokesperson when they travelled! She also knew everything about the machinery they were working on. She, along with her brothers, was awarded the Legion d’honneur in France, one of few American women to receive the award.
Jacqueline Cochran was an American pilot and one of the most well-known racing pilots of her time! She held more speed, distance and altitude records than any other pilot of her time. She was also the first woman to break the sound barrier in 1953 (the sound barrier is when an aircraft reaches supersonic flight!) 💨
Amelia Earhart is probably the most famous female pilot in the world. She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932! As a result of this great achievement she was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, again the first woman to receive the honour! 🏅
Here at Wingly we are proud to have inspired several of our female passengers to pursue their passion for flying!