On this Mothers Day, let us look back in time to see fabulous female aviators who inspired many young woman to take flight.
First American woman to fly in space aboard the Challenger in 1983. Succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.
Baroness Raymonde de Laroche
Paris-born daughter of a plumber went on to change history in 1910 as the first woman to receive a pilot’s license.
Raiche became the first American woman to make a solo flight in an aircraft.
in May 1932, the Kansas-born record-breaker became the first woman to fly solo, nonstop, across the Atlantic Ocean which was only accomplished Charles Lindbergh. In 1937, she disappeared at the age of 39 under mysterious circumstances in the central Pacific while making a round-the-world trip.
The “Speed Queen,” Jacqueline Cochran held more distance, altitude and speed records than any other pilot, male or female, at the time of her death in 1980.
In June 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first African-American and Native-American woman to earn a pilot’s license.
Willa Brown was the first African American woman to earn both a pilot’s license (1938) and a commercial license (1939)
Emily Howell Warner
In 1976, at 36 years old, Emily Howell Warner became the first female to command Frontier Airlines commercial flight from the captain’s seat of a de Havilland Twin Otter
On July 18, 1984,Baltimore-born Beverly Burns went down in history as the first female pilot to command a Boeing 747 when she flew transcontinental People Express flight from Newark to Los Angeles.
The child of Irish immigrants, Eileen Collins ruled as the queen of Kennedy Space Center from the early 1990s through her retirement in 2006. In 1995, Eileen became the first female astronaut to serve as pilot of the Space Shuttle during STS-63, on a mission 2,992,806-mile mission
NASA astronaut Peggy A. Whitson, Ph.D., holds several records: At 57 years old, she’s the world’s oldest spacewoman, and in 2008 she became the first female commander of the International Space Station (ISS). She made her eighth space walk on March 30, 2017 — the most for any woman — and beat the current record for women with 53 hours and 22 minutes of total spacewalking time, the Washington Post reports.
On April 24, 2017, she broke the record for the most cumulative time in space (534 days) by an American astronaut, which was previously held by Jeff Williams. When she returned to Earth, Whitson have spent 666 days in floating above the planet.
Kalpana was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as a mission specialist and primary robotic arm operator. In 2003, Chawla was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova
Russian Astronaut Valentina is the first woman to have flown in space, having been selected from more than four hundred applicants and five finalists to pilot Vostok 6 on 16 June 1963
25-year-old Maria Fagerström from Lund in Sweden is an airline pilot who has 240,000 followers on Instagram. highest among pilots on social media.
The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISA) has estimated only 4,000 of the world’s 130,000 pilots are females.