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Helen Richey (1909 – 1947) was a pioneering female aviator and the first woman to be hired as a pilot by a commercial airline in the United States. Richey also was the first woman sworn in to pilot air mail and 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 was Amelia Earhart's copilot on one flight across the Atlantic. She became the first woman hired to be a pilot by a commercial airline in the US. She was the first woman licensed as an aviation instructor. She was 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 died by suicide at age 38

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

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

The smooth Canadian

A pilot of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF)

Canadian aviator Billy Stark returned to Vancouver from flight school in San Diego with his pilot’s licence and new Curtiss Flyer. His wife, Olive, became the first Canadian female airplane passenger later that day.