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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.
“Mary Greyeyes being blessed by her native Chief prior to leaving for service in the CWAC.” September 29, 1942. Mary Greyeyes (Reid) was the first Native woman to join the Canadian Forces and one of only 25 Native women to serve in the Canadian military during World War II. The photo is staged according to Mary’s daughter in law.
Marion Laura Wong (Mah) enlisted with the CWAC (Canadian Women’s Army Corps) in Vancouver, British Columbia where she was employed as a teletype keyboard operator. She was the only Chinese Canadian woman working in the Vancouver barracks of the Royal Canadian Signal Corps, then stationed out of the old Vancouver Hotel ~
Janet Harmon Waterford Bragg, 1932. Janet Bragg was a pioneer female African American pilot whose leadership in black pilot organizations in the 1930s created opportunities for others. She is seen here sitting on a fence at Harlem Airport, Chicago. SI-79-13664
Lt.-Col. Maryse Carmichael is an accomplished pilot who became the first woman in Canadian history selected to fly with the famous Snowbirds Aerobatic Team. In November 2000 she was chosen to fly #3 position with the 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.