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In 1928, Aviatrix Elinor Smith, then 16, earned national recognition as the youngest pilot to receive a license from the FAA. Orville Wright signed her license. Smith is the first -- and only -- pilot to fly under all four bridges over the East River in NYC.

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The history of aviation is littered with mysterious disappearances like that of MH370.

Vanished: 11 flights that mysteriously disappeared

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Top 10 Most Influential Women

One of the most famous pilots in history, Amelia was born in 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. She saw her first air show in the winter of 1920 and was inspired to fly, and by the next December she had earned her pilot’s license. Her short aviation career is full of flight records including being the first woman to fly solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

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[Photo] TBF-1 Avengers of Torpedo Squadron 10 from USS Enterprise fly in formation over Espiritu Santo, March 1943.

TBF-1 Avengers of Torpedo Squadron 10 from USS Enterprise fly in formation over Espiritu Santo, March 1943.

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Bessie Coleman, the daughter of a poor, southern, African American family, became one of the most famous women and African American in aviation history.

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The German fighter Messerschmitt Bf109 G-2 “Yellow 3” that made an emergency landing on the sea close to Nærøy on the 24th of March 1943 was recovered 2010 from a depth of 67 meter. The recovery was performed by teams from NLM, BLHF, Nærøy Aquaservice, Folla Diving Club and the crew aboard the ship “Camilla

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Dawn of Flight Timeline

Flown by Orville, the Wright Brothers' Flyer I, 1903, flew 120 ft in 12 seconds at a speed of 6.8 mph.

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A powerful photograph of a USAAF B-25 Mitchell bomber attacking shipping in the South Pacific.

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Broadside for Woman's National Aviation Home Guard of North America taught at Captain John Berrys School of Automobiling and Aviation, 3910 Washington Boulevard. Female aviator Clara Laurell is pictured standing beside an airplane. (1917) Missouri History Museum

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