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helen richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator ... she was the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the united states ... the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and was one of the first female flight instructors

First Officer Maureen Dunlop, one of the ferry pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary, pictured in September 1944

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Helen Richey became the first woman hired to pilot a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor, and the first woman to fly a scheduled mail flight. During WWII she commanded a group of women pilots for the British Air Transport Auxiliary, flying bombs between factories and airbases. She was eventually forced from the cockpit by the all-male pilots union. She died by suicide at age 38

Helen Richey - first commercial female airline pilot in US (on right). 1920s women in menswear style fashions.

'June 27, 1890 – Canadian-born boxer George Dixon defeats the British bantamweight champion in London, giving him claim to be the first black world champion in any sport.'

Mary, a pilot of the UK Air Transport Auxiliary, in her gear to fly her Spitfire, c. 1944 ~

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Pilot Lettice Curtis with a Spitfire during the war ( www.dailymail.co.... )