Women Pilots: Their contributions to air travel and world peace

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This collection is a tribute to some women who have distinguished themselves in the field of aviation, serving as commercial or military pilots from World War I to the present. I am sure they'll be happy the fact that their exploits will be made known to this current generation. I bow my head in respect to these intrepid women.

Women pilots

Today, in the war against the Taliban and al-Qaida targets in Afghanistan and Iraq, women pilots are filling aircrew positions as bomber pilots, navigators, tanker pilots, and weapons officers - those who specialize in operating in flight arms - loadmasters, and varied officer and enlisted aircrew positions.
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Ma. Aurora Amanda Carandang-Gloria (High School '82) - First Woman Commercial Pilot

Aimee Carandang or Ma. Aurora Carandang Gloria is the first Filipino woman commercial pilot. She's also the 1st Filipina pilot to fly as a full-fledged captain for the Philippine Airlines in 1993. Besides she's regarded as Asia's first female pilot. On July 6, 1993 PAL's first female pilot, Maria. Aurora Amada "Aimee" Carandang, flew for the first time as a full-fledged captain on a Fokker 50 flight from Manila to Baguio.
Windshear: what's the first airline in Philippines that composes all-female crew?
E-Jhay: I think it's PAL Probably. Capt. Aimee Carandang & F/O Gladys Lim Jadie or F/O Eden Allegre? (Fokker 50)
I have alway believed that there are no boundaries in what women can accomplish in life. My scholastician education has nurtured that belief and has instilled in ... Aimee Carandang
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Col. Ramona P. Go

Ramona Palabrica Go of Iloilo, Philippines, a colonel in the AFP, is the first woman military pilot in the Philippines. Alone in the cockpit of the Army Cessna 172 Skyhawk trainer plane No 862 for her first solo flight, she was able to take off and land the aircraft at Fort Magsaysay Army Aerodrome in Nueva Ecija, becoming a full-fledged pilot on Nov. 3, 1986.
Born on 21 March 57 at San Dionisio, Iloilo, Col. Go is a graduate of BS Chemistry at Central Philippine University on 22 Mar 77 and earned a Masters in Development Management at Asian Institute of Management (AIM) on 09 May 02. Learn more of the Philippines first female general here.
Col. Ramona P. Go, PA (GSC) 28th The Adjutant General, Armed Forces of the Philippines
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Capt. Catherine "Brooke" Castillo

Capt. Catherine Marie Castillo holds the current record of being the first Filipina Jet Aircraft Pilot as well as the first Filipina airbus instructor. She finished the aviation course together with 19 others who were screened from thousands of applicants at the Philippine Airlines Aviation School. She graduated the Course BS Business Administration, Cum Laude at UP. In her youth, she was a member of the Philippine Youth Basketball Team, Philippine Junior Bowlers and the Philippine Taekwondo Team. She plays classical music on the piano.
On July 9, 2004 at 1 PM, from San Juan, Capt Castillo, 34, who stands 5'-7" piloted the Cebu Pacific maiden flight with an all-female crew complete with 3 flight attendants and a flight engineer from Manila to Cebu, carrying 80 passengers on board a 118-seater DC-9 (The Philippine Star, July 10, 2004)
Capt. Catherine "Brooke" Castillo, First Filipino Woman Jet Aircraft Pilot
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Air Force Colonel- Eileen Collins

A female Air Force Colonel - Eileen Collins, born on November 19, 1956, of Elmira, New York was the first woman selected by NASA to command a space shuttle mission in 1999. She has flown in space 4 times. She's a mother to a 14-year old daughter and a 9-year old son. She's married to a former Air Force Pilot Pat Youngs who flies for Delta Air Lines. She retired from the Air Force in 2005 with the rank of colonel. During her NASA career, she logged more than 872 hours in space.
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B-52s are flown by women

The B-52 is a long-range, heavy bomber that can perform a variety of missions. The bomber is capable of flying at high subsonic speeds at altitudes up to 50,000 feet (15,166.6 meters). It can carry nuclear or precision guided conventional ordnance with worldwide precision navigation capability.

Navy Tomcats are likewise piloted by women

In the hands of Navy pilot/NFO teams, TOMCAT provides the carrier task force with its first-line offense and defense against any enemy air threat in the tradition of its predecessors. The current inventory includes F-14As, F-14Bs and F-14Ds.

Marie Therese Rossi Cayton (January 3, 1959 – March 1, 1991)

Major Marie T. Rossi

During Desert Storm the first woman pilot gave her life while flying in a combat zone. Major Marie T. Rossi died at age 32 on March 1, 1991, when the Chinook helicopter she was piloting hit a microwave tower and crashed near her base in northern Saudia Arabia. The unit she commanded was among the very first American units to cross into enemy held territory flying fuel and ammunition to the rapidly advancing 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. Major Rossi is buried in Arlington Cemetery where her simple epitaph there reads "First Female Combat Commander To Fly into Battle".

Lt. Col. Martha McSally

Another of the first American woman to fly in combat in the '90s was Lt Col.Martha McSally, ranked as the top female Air Force pilot. Lt Col McSally was among the first women trained by the Air Force as a fighter pilot. During a 1995-96 tour of duty in Kuwait, she became the first woman in military history to fly a combat sortie in a fighter aircraft. She retired from the active duty 6 May 2010. She was born in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Air Force Major Nicole Malachowski

Nicole Margaret Ellingwood Malachowski, born September 26, 1974, is a United States Air Force officer and the first female pilot selected to fly as part of the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Thunderbirds
The 2006 Air Force Thunderbirds team includes first female pilot. Major Nicole Malachowski, of the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, joins the team as the first female demonstration pilot on any U.S. military high performance jet team.
She was the first female pilot in the Air Force's air demonstration squadron and was instrumental in shaping the bill to honor and recognize the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots).

Col Dawn Dunlop

Col Dawn Dunlop was not only the first female Raptor pilot, but she is a USAF Test Pilot School graduate, instructor, and was one of the earliest USAF pilots to fly the Raptor. She was involved in much of the early development and test flying for the F-22. Col. Dawn Dunlop, the first woman to fly the F-22 Raptor, will soon achieve another milestone when she becomes the first female fighter test pilot to lead an Air Force wing.

Bulgarian Raina Kassabova

Bulgarian Raina Kassabova became the world's first woman military pilot riding an aeroplane. Raina was just 15-years old when she took part in a flight over Adrianople (now Edirne) during the Balkan War in 1912-1913. The historic event took place somehow by chance.
She was the first woman ever to take part in a combat mission on Oct. 31, 1912.

Amelia Mary Earhart

Amelia Earhart became the group's (Group of 99 women Pilots) first elected president in 1931. She was to become the most famous woman pilot of all time In 1929. She was but one of a dozen daring female aviators. Amelia had flown the Atlantic as a passenger, gaining fame and adulation. In 1932, she realized her dream of crossing the Atlantic alone, for which she reaped international honors and other record flights followed. Amelia was a strong advocate of awakening women's potential. Her birth date is July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas, USA. First woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and setting many aviation records.

German Test Pilot Hanna Reitsch

Hanna Reitsch- 1912-1979

Another German woman, Hanna Reitsch, is recognized even today as the world's first and foremost female test pilot. Her feats are astounding - first woman to fly jet planes, rocket planes and helicopters, the first pilot to fly a glider over the Alps, and the only woman to fly a robot V-I, commonly known as a buzz bomb, modified for pilot control. During WWII, Hanna tested all types of military planes for the Luftwaffe. Into the 1970s, this remarkable woman remained in the top ranks of glider and helicopter pilot.
Reitsch died in Frankfurt at the age of 67 on 24 August 1979 following a heart attack. She had never married.
Hanna Reitsch greets well-wishers on a visit to her hometown of Hirschberg, Silesia in April, 1941. Karl Hanke, Gauleiter of Lower Silesia, is at left.

Brazil's Ada Rogato

Ada Rogato (Dec. 22, 1920 - Nov. 17, 1986)
(Sao Paulo) Brazil produced Ada Rogato, who in 1951 flew her 90-hp Cessna 25,000 miles solo across the Andes, to Alaska and across Canada and the United States. She was born in December 22th 1920 and died in November 17th 1986. Her Memorial Service was at the Aeronautic Museum of S�o Paulo, where she had been president.

Anesia Pinheiro Machado

The Dean of South America's flyers, Anesia Pinheiro Machado, also made a grand tour in on a goodwill flight from New York to Rio de Janeiro. She was a pioneer pilot of Brazil, and has been recognized by dozens of governments and aviation organizations.

Amy Johnson Mollison

Britain produced daring and colorful women pilots in the early years, exemplified by Amy Johnson Mollison, 26, the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930 in an open cockpit biplane, taking 19 days for the task. Amy Johnson Mollison CBE, (1 July 1903 – 5 January 1941) was a pioneering English aviatrix. Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, also a pilot, she set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. She flew in WW2 as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary where she died during a ferry flight at age 27.

Sheila Scott

In 1966, Sheila Scott (April 27, 1922-Oct. 20, 1988) became Britain's first pilot to fly around the world solo, doing so in a Piper Comanche 260. After her round-the-world flight, Sheila went on to other record-breaking dashes. She set a number of new records flying from London to Cape Town. For these flights she was awarded the Britannia Trophy, the highest award of the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom.

British aviator Sheila Scott became the first pilot to make a solo flight across the North Pole in 1971. On her mission, Scott tested the Nimbus navigation and locator communication systems that paved the way for the Global Positioning System technology available today. Credit: NASA

Lady Mary Heath

Lady Mary Heath (1896 - 1939), the Irish aviator, began life as Sophie Catherine Theresa Mary Peirce-Evans in Knockaderry, County Limerick, near the town of Newcastle West. She became the first women to hold a commercial flying licence in Britain. In a Shorts seaplane, was the first woman to parachute from an aeroplane, landing in the middle of a football match. "Britain's Lady Lindy," as she was known in the United States, made front page news as the first pilot, male or female, to fly a small open cockpit airplane from Cape Town to London which took her three months, from January to May 1928. She became involved in private aviation, briefly running her own company at Kildonan, in the mid-1930s, and helping produce the generation of pilots that would help establish the national airline Aer Lingus. She died destitute in 1939 after a fall from a tram car in London.

Arriving Croydon, UK, from Capetown 1928

Angela Masson

Angela Masson of the Golden Triangle Chapter, who was flying for American Airlines, was in the process of upgrading to a DC10. She was the first woman assigned to a jumbo jet. She was a pilot for American Airlines for 31 years.

Jerrie Cobb

Geraldyn "Jerrie" M. Cobb (born March 5, 1931) in Norman, Oklahoma is an American Aviator. She is the daughter of Lt. Col. William H. Cobb and Helena Butler Stone Cobb. As a child growing up in Oklahoma, Cobb took to aviation at an early age, with her pilot father's encouragement. Cobb first flew in a plane at age 12, in her father's open cockpit 1936 Wacobiplane. By the age of 17, while a student at Oklahoma City Classen High School, Cobb had earned her private pilot's license. She received her commercial pilots license a year later.

She was also part of the "Mercury 13," a group of women who underwent some of the same physiological screening tests as the original Mercury Seven astronauts as part of a private, non-NASA program.
Jerrie Cobb, the first woman to complete Lovelace Clinic's astronaut tests, received the International Harmon Trophy. The trophy, presented by the president of the United States, was awarded for her previous 14 years of dedication, service and humanitarian flights to the people of the Amazon basin. She was later nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Hazel Ying Lee

Hazel Ying Lee (August 24, 1912–November 25,1944) was a Chinese American pilot who flew for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. After HS graduation in 1929, Lee worked as elevator operator. In 1932, she took her first airplane ride. In October 1932, she became one of the first Chinese American women to earn a pilot’s license. In 1933 she went to China to join Chinese Air Force to fight Japanese aggression. But she wasn't accepted as female pilot so she settled in Canton where she worked as pilot of a private airline. In 1943 she joined the WASP and become the the first Chinese American woman to fly for the United States military.
A favorite of her fellow pilots, a good cook, having a great sense of humor a marvelous sense of mischief, Lee accomplished all her missions with flying colors. On Nov. 25, 1944 she succumbed from burns she got when her plane collided with another P-63 during landing.in Montana.

Nancy Ellis Leebold

Nancy Ellis Leebold built up time and experience ferrying war surplus aircraft across Australia after WWII. Then she made a 12,000-mile flight from Britain to Australia in a single-engine Miles Messenger. The 145-hp aircraft had only one four-channel, short- range VHF transceiver, so the flight was accomplished by dead reckoning with a war surplus magnetic compass (Refer to Museum of Women Pilots)

India's Squadron Leader Veena Saharan

NEW DELHI: In a news that would make the fairer sex rejoice ahead of the International Women's Day, the Indian Air Force has inducted its first woman Squadron Leader Veena Saharan to fly its gigantic transport plane IL-76. What's more, she is posted in Nagpur. IL-76, nicknamed Gajraj, is largest flying machine in IAF inventory.

India's first lady pilot Veena Saharan to fly IAF biggest plane

Susan Horstman

Susan Hortsman was first hired by National in 1979, and would have been considered as the first woman flying for Pan Am when the two airlines merged. However Colleen Burgess is the first one hired by Pan Am after the merger. Today, she is keeping one of Salt Lake City’s busiest flight schools in the air. Horstman, 56, is Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Aviation, a privately owned flight school that specializes in training students who want any rating from sport pilot to airline transport pilot certification. The flight school operates facilities in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo, and controls a fleet of about 17 single- and multi-engine planes. “People are always going to fly,” Horstman said.

Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya

Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya (1889-1920) of Russia and Princess Sophie Alexandrovna Dolgorunaya
April 11, 1913 Russian Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya crashed a Wright biplane and vowed never to fly again. She broke her promise when she became the first female military pilot, flying reconnaissance missions during World War I. Princess Sophie Alexandrovna Dolgorunaya, who had obtained her pilot's license in 1914, volunteered for the Air Service in 1917 and flew missions with the 26th Corps Air Squadron for nine months. Because of her connection to the Imperial family she was demobilized after the October Revolution

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  • en.wikipedia.org/Marie Therese Rossi Cayton (January 3, 1959 – March 1, 1991)
  • ctie.monash.edu.au/ Martha McSally, Pioneer Army Aviator
  • smithsonianmag.com/ major nicole malachowski
  • edwards.af.mil/ col. dawn m. dunlop
  • Veena Saharan/jatland.com/
  • conan.com /Russian Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya was the first female fighter pilot when she flew reconnaissance missions for the Czar in 1914
  • cornerstoneaviation.blogspot.com/Susan Horst
  • Nancy Ellis Leebold/guides.wikinut.com
  • forum.paradoxplaza.com/ Hazel Ying Lee
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  • thethunderchild.com/Interview: Angela Masson
  • en.wikipedia.org/ Lady Mary Heath
  • bbc.co.uk/ Sheila Scott
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  • jlourenco.com/ Anesia Pinheiro Machado
  • Hanna Reitsch- 1912-1979 /lupocattivoblog.com
  • somoseditora.com.br/ Ada Rogato
  • fanpop.com/ Amelia Mary Earhart
  • novinite.com/ Raina Kassabova
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author avatar n.c.radomes
8th Jul 2013 (#)

To Peter, cnwriter: thanks for the moderation, visit and appropriate comment.

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author avatar Mariah
9th Jul 2013 (#)

A truly deserved and worthy tribute to these women nc

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author avatar n.c.radomes
9th Jul 2013 (#)

Mariah, thanks for the compliment. Come again.

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author avatar M G Singh
7th Dec 2014 (#)

Great post, but having beena pilot myself and flown with women pilots I will say that what is apparant is not real as there are some god given infirmities and they go against a woman flying a combat plane.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
16th Dec 2014 (#)

Thanks for your comment Madan; I respect and hold in high esteem all pilots.

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